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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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