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Hardin County man pleads guilty to another assault on law enforcement officer

A Hardin County man already serving time for assaulting a Kountze policewoman is now standing trial for attacking another female law enforcement officer. A jury was seated today in the trial of Frank Banks. Testimony begins Tuesday at 9 a.m.

UPDATE: Frank Banks, a Hardin County man already serving time for assaulting a Kountze police woman, pleaded guilty Tuesday to assault on a public servant this morning in Judge Steve Thomas’ courtroom, KFDM/6 News on Fox has learned.

Judge Thomas will sentence him Wednesday around 9 a.m.

He was already serving 20 years in prison for assaulting the Kountze officer, and now he pleads guilty to assaulting a Hardin County jailer.

The attack on the jailer, whose name is Starlar Mattox, happened Nov. 10, 2015. That’s five days after he was sentenced and convicted for the attack on the Kountze police officer.

On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to assault on a peace officer and retaliation. Banks apparently punched the jailer in the face because she had testified against him in the police officer attack trial.

Mattox had testified that while in jail, he exposed himself to her.

He faces 25 years to life in prison.

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PREVIOUS REPORTING: A Hardin County man already serving time for assaulting a Kountze policewoman is now standing trial for attacking another female law enforcement officer.

A jury was seated Monday in the trial of Frank Banks. Testimony begins Tuesday at 9 a.m.

District Attorney David Sheffield says Banks was in the Hardin County Jail when he jumped the counter, and slugged a jailer in the side of the head.

At the time, Banks had just been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to hitting Kountze Officer Kiera Linney in the face with an unopened beer can, and then punching her head with his fists.

Linney who suffered a concussion, no longer works for the Koutze police force, she’s now with the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office.

The jailer no longer works for Hardin County either.

Hardin County Sheriff Mark Davis says that Banks has not been a model inmate. He says because of misbehavior in the jail, and him not following rules, he was put in a restraint chair and had a spit mask during jury selection.

Davis says no decision has been made whether he’ll be restrained in court tomorrow. Davis says that’s up to the judge.

“We have to balance the need for the safety of all participants in the courtroom with Banks’ ability to get a fair trial,” Davis tells KFDM/6 News on Fox.

Currently Banks is an inmate at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He was already sentenced to state prison in 2015 for the Kountze officer assault and was brought to Hardin County on a bench warrant to stand trial for the incident with the jailer.

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