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Hardin County man pleads guilty to assault and retaliation charges

 

Moments before the jury was seated in the Kountze 356th District Court on April 18, a Hardin County man pleaded guilty to charges of assault on a public servant and retaliation.

 

Frank Edward Banks, 39, told Hardin District Judge Steven Thomas he wanted to waive his right to a jury trial and plead guilty to the charges.

 

Banks was charged with striking a Hardin County Jailer in the head after jumping over a counter to assault the officer.

 

The charges Banks faced on Tuesday: retaliation and assault on a public servant, could carry up to 10 years incarceration each, although the assault charge may be enhanced up to a term of 25 years.

 

Thomas asked whether Banks understood the charges and the potential penalties to which he replied, “Yes, sir.”

 

He will return to court Wednesday, April 19, at 9 a.m. for sentencing.

 

Banks appeared in court on Monday and Tuesday in a restraint chair as he told jailers he would refuse to walk into the courtroom.

 

He is currently serving a 20-year sentence in the Texas State Prison for felony assault on a public servant and evading arrest.

 

 In November 2014, Banks was arrested after striking a Kountze policewoman in the head with an unopened beer can and then beating her with his fists.

 

He was returned to Hardin County on a Bench Warrant to face the more recent charges.

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