KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a Knoxville district court in ruling a defendant's confession was not voluntary.
The ruling is on statements Jeffery Siler made to Knoxville Police Department investigator David Ogle.
Siler was arrested for probation violation in 2010 and Ogle asked to speak to him about a series of burglaries.
The appeals court stated Ogle told Siler he had a "pretty good case" against him, but had clout that could get Siler into rehabilitation and promised him no one would be charged with stealing a missing gun.
Siler filed a motion to suppress when federal agents charged him with felony gun possession. It was denied.
The appeals court granted the motion and called the investigation "a stark example of police impropriety and deplorable interrogation techniques."