PLATTSBURGH — A three-time felony offender was sentenced recently to state prison for assaulting three parole officers last year.
Kip R. Banker, 45, of AuSable pleaded guilty in Clinton County Court to three counts of attempted assault of a police or peace officer and criminal mischief, according to the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office.
Banker was sentenced by Judge Patrick R. McGill to 16 years in prison with five years post-release supervision. Banker’s crimes carried a minimum of seven years in prison and a maximum of 67 years.
”We are extremely pleased with the sentence, in light of Mr. Banker’s history of violence, especially against law enforcement,” Assistant District Attorney Nicholas Evanovich said in the release. “It was a miracle that no one was seriously injured or killed that day.”
PINNED BY TRACTOR
The assault happened on April 18, 2012, when Parole Officers Michael J. Moore and Matthew Daly and Senior Parole Officer Robert J. Fall were conducting a routine visit at Banker’s residence at 609 Allen Hill Road in AuSable.
Banker tried to flee the officers and ran into the woods. He was seen at 1:30 p.m. that day driving a farm tractor on Allen Hill Road.
When officers tried to stop him, Banker used the tractor to force a parole vehicle with three officers inside off the road. The vehicle almost plunged over an earth embankment with one of the officers trapped inside, the DA’s Office said in a press release.
Banker used the tractor to pin Moore, who had gotten out of the vehicle, against a tree. When Banker pulled the tractor away, it almost ran over the other officer, who had also managed to get out of the parole vehicle.
The officers fired in self defense, but no shots hit Banker, the DA’s Office said. Still on the tractor, Banker fled the site of the assault, later entering the woods on foot.