Suspect in home invasion was acquitted this spring for the drive-by killing of a 12-year-old boy

2013-10-09T15:15:00Z 2014-03-19T09:09:26Z Suspect in home invasion was acquitted this spring for the drive-by killing of a 12-year-old boy Journal Times

RACINE – The suspect in a Tuesday morning home invasion is the same man acquitted this spring in the gang-related killing of a 12-year-old boy, Racine police said Wednesday.

Tarence A. Banks, 33, of Racine, allegedly attempted an armed invasion of a home in the 3200 block of 17th Street around 1:56 a.m. Tuesday. A man in the home shot Banks, seriously injuring him, according to police.

Banks was taken to Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints hospital, 3801 Spring St., and later to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, police said. An update on his condition was not available Wednesday from Froedtert officials or police.

Banks had reportedly been living in the 3200 block of Victory Avenue, in a home immediately behind the one he allegedly attempted to rob; the two houses share a backyard property line, according to neighbor Trudie Cudney, a 48-year-old stay-at-home mom and member of the Neighborhood Watch.

Banks moved into the home around May, Cudney said.

Banks was released from prison and placed on extended supervision on May 30, Wisconsin Department of Corrections records show.

Banks was sentenced to six years in prison and another four years on extended supervision on Oct. 30, 2008, for a conviction in a December 2006 robbery, Racine County court records show.

His extended supervision had been set to expire on May 30, 2017, DOC records show.

Banks was acquitted on May 10 of first-degree intentional homicide for his alleged role in an unrelated case — the April 22, 2007, drive-by shooting that left 12-year-old Marize Jones dead. The shooting also injured the boy’s brother and two women. The retaliatory drive-by occurred in the 1600 block of Albert Street and was the third of three purportedly gang-related shootings that day.

Banks was accused of being one of the three shooters who fired into the crowd gathered outside that night. Prosecutors had said the .38-caliber bullet that killed Marize was fired from Banks’ gun, but jurors found him not guilty.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Banks had not been formally charged in Tuesday’s alleged home invasion, court records show. But he had been placed on a probation hold in connection with the incident, Racine Police Sgt. Jessie Metoyer said.

Police declined to release the name of the man who shot Banks, but Metoyer said there is so far no information that would lead to charges for that individual. She added that police would not be releasing any additional information regarding the incident for at least the next few days.

Repeated attempts to reach Banks’ family, the man who allegedly shot him or that man’s family were unsuccessful Tuesday and Wednesday.

Journal Times reporter Kristen Zambo contributed to this article.

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  1. racisttom
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    racisttom - October 13, 2013 2:07 pm
    sounds like Mr Banks needs to locked up.
  2. GottaLuvRacine
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    GottaLuvRacine - October 11, 2013 8:59 am
    Wow he's a winner! Hopefully he will be charged this time.....for something. And what the heck is wrong with these judges in Racine?
  3. granny grits
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    granny grits - October 10, 2013 9:11 am
    Are you two really that desperate for attention? How embarrassing to be that needy.
  4. granny grits
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    granny grits - October 10, 2013 9:09 am
    At least we know how the mind of an idiot works.
  5. sharkie
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    sharkie - October 10, 2013 8:23 am
  6. johmny
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    johmny - October 09, 2013 9:54 pm
    Where is the person who blames Dickert for everything?
  7. bslechta
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    bslechta - October 09, 2013 6:44 pm
    glad we got the concealed weapon law here now
  8. Lika-Pika
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    Lika-Pika - October 09, 2013 4:41 pm
    Unfortunately, some goons don't get it that crime is not a political party implementation of who is or isn't on the party train. Streetlights can help, but it isn't an end all, because certain neighborhoods can have streetlights every 5 feet, and crime would still happen, other streets can have none, and the crime rate stay low.

    This is about ghetto vs. not ghetto, and income only plays a small part. Hoodlums will always find trouble, and the lack of jobs that keep people busy is a big part of the problem. But, that's okay, the new program to employ felons will leave honest people out in the cold to have to revert to writing bad checks to get a loaf of bread and some milk.
  9. Crazyoldman
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    Crazyoldman - October 09, 2013 2:42 pm
    Very true! If we refer to blacks as blacks, it's racist because we didn't use African-American. Of if by chance we use "you people", forget about leaving alive.
  10. Timt49
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    Timt49 - October 09, 2013 11:28 am
    Don't worry, she'll be around to blame the "evil republicans".
  11. Shari
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    Shari - October 09, 2013 9:47 am
    They aren't ready for a job either.And a lot of them don't want a job because of the free Obama money.
  12. Unreal Racine
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    Unreal Racine - October 09, 2013 8:44 am
    More crime in Racine since they are turning off more street lights around the city?

    How shocking!

    Thanks City Council!
  13. Shari
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    Shari - October 09, 2013 8:02 am
    A lot of the people that are still unemployed are unemployable. They expect 50,000 or more to start at entry level jobs. They expect 4 weeks vacation yet call in sick weekly if they show up at all. People dont have any work ethic anymore. They need to start at the bottom like the rest of us and work their way up. Most of the high paying jobs need an education or experience which they have neither.
  14. heloman30
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    heloman30 - October 09, 2013 7:29 am
    We really need better gun control... Shot placement is very important.
  15. anniegetyourgun
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    anniegetyourgun - October 09, 2013 7:25 am
    I agree race matters in racine. I have seen it first hand in the work place and in stores. If your black chances are your being watched or followed at a store. As far as these burglaries and home invasions go, I am locked and loaded.
  16. outoftowner53105
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    outoftowner53105 - October 09, 2013 7:17 am
    Where is grannygrits to tell us all the evils about guns?
  17. Jambeau
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    Jambeau - October 09, 2013 6:41 am
    Keith Fair did not have a club. He rented a tavern on Sixth Street which had not been able to succeed due to a horrific crime a few years ago. There is backwardness in progress not helpful to the health of this city going on in the city of Racine. goodmuls speaks his heart and acknowledges what is here: discrimination. Keith Fair does not fear you, Kevin's Mom, he is not your enemy either. Why don't you let the courts decide what he is guilty of and what he is not.
  18. babydoll
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    babydoll - October 09, 2013 6:25 am
    Being poor, complaining you are being held down, or thatwhites aredoing this and doing that are all just excuses these criminals tell themselves to justify being lazy. And what's really sad is these people are raising their kids to be the same way.

    I'm poor but you don't see me out robbing people or their property. There is no reason or excuse one can say that will EVER justify robbing people or places.
  19. kevinsmom68
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    kevinsmom68 - October 08, 2013 11:33 pm
    there are plenty poor people who are not criminals.

    do NOT equate poor people of a certain race with those who commit crimes. THAT is racist.

    there ARE jobs in racine for these people. there arent careers, but most of the workforce in this city isnt prepared for a career.

  20. kevinsmom68
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    kevinsmom68 - October 08, 2013 11:31 pm
    " ggodmuls - 5 hours ago
    Those are the consequences for living on the Democrat Plantation where the rich and white quash and deny African Americans to run businesses and hold African American businesses to standards far above that of white owned businesses."

    are you talking about the crime ridden clubs owned by minorities with drugs being sold inside and violence outside every day? one of the former clubs that was ran by keith fair, who choked a pregnant woman and later her home was burglarized.
  21. Blindman
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    Blindman - October 08, 2013 10:09 pm
    "6-8 years"?..Probably more like 1-2 years...I do need to get to the range more often.
  22. Blindman
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    Blindman - October 08, 2013 10:07 pm
    If every criminal was shot during a crime...We would have a very low crime rate.
  23. thekramer
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    thekramer - October 08, 2013 9:38 pm
    doesn't matter what color any of them are and I don't even see them telling you such info, but either way you shouldn't try and take things that don't belong to you...hope to see more criminals getting shot while commiting a crime...
  24. Crazyoldman
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    Crazyoldman - October 08, 2013 8:38 pm
    Please go to the practice range! It matters because in 6-8 years when this person goes back to a life of violent crime, the next home owner might not be so lucky. Shoot to kill! Shoot to kill!
  25. harrystugats
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    harrystugats - October 08, 2013 7:59 pm
    Break into my house and you are leaving feet first.
  26. AreYouSerious31
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    AreYouSerious31 - October 08, 2013 7:15 pm
    The biggest obstacle for African Americans in any aspect of life are themselves. I'm no racist, but screaming and wasting time ranting is what is holding them back. I know PLENTY of minorities that have great income working legal jobs. The difference is they didn't sit crying about what others are doing to hold them back, they went out and worked for it. Everywhere I go in Racine I shake my head because I see people (Caucasian and minority) acting ignorant. If you act that way, you will be treated that way. So shut up or do something to guide your own life. Things are not handed to you, well in most cases, get off your lazy tails and put in work! Racine isn't ghetto, it's just full of lazy a$$es that don't want to work for and earn what they think they are entitled to. Quit letting others dictate what you get in life, it's all excuses to being lazy. I worked to get where I am, took 10 years, but I didn't give up and I surely wasn't lazy expecting people to hand it to me.
  27. Opinionated Lady
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    Opinionated Lady - October 08, 2013 6:40 pm
    Yup, when all else fails scream racism. He is a low-life loser with no respect for himself or anyone else and it's people like you, ggodmuls that keep making excuses for him and people like him. I don't care how oppressed a person feels, it does NOT give them the right to break into people's homes and steal their belongings.
  28. Blindman
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    Blindman - October 08, 2013 6:19 pm
    If anyone is stupid enough to break into my house , they would get the same...All citizens have the right to defend themselves and property...Whether they choose to put themselves in a position to do so is up to them.
  29. ggodmuls
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    ggodmuls - October 08, 2013 6:09 pm
    Those are the consequences for living on the Democrat Plantation where the rich and white quash and deny African Americans to run businesses and hold African American businesses to standards far above that of white owned businesses.

    It doesn't justify the actions of those involved - but then again - you've never experienced their plight - in a system run by those who actively oppress them.

    WHERE is Racine's African-American Community?

    The biggest obstacle to an African-American running a business in Racine is Mayor John DIckert, Alderman Terrence McCarthy, Alderman Greg Helding and Alderman Jim Kaplan. Race matters - in Racine!
  30. ggodmuls
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    ggodmuls - October 08, 2013 5:52 pm
    It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

    Jiddu Krishnamurti

    NO - you don't and can't feel tor understand the pain and depths of despair of Racine's Ghetto.

    Take your Judgements - ELSEWHERE!
  31. layedback
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    layedback - October 08, 2013 5:11 pm
    The Ghetto expands...Detroit has nothing on Racine
  32. heloman30
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    heloman30 - October 08, 2013 4:23 pm
    Right on all counts!
  33. ValentineAngel
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    ValentineAngel - October 08, 2013 3:43 pm
    It was a grown man who was trying to break into his neighbors (from around the block) home. Job or no job, the man is more than old enough to know the difference between right and wrong. I was HAPPY to hear that he got shot for trying to break into his neighbors home. I guess his dumb sorry a$$ will be heading back to prison. It will be no lost for the city of Racine. But now tax payers have to pay to take care of his stupid a$$ again. Maybe the neighbor needed better aim and could have saved all of us some money.
  34. Even More Tired
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    Even More Tired - October 08, 2013 2:16 pm
    What is the name of the punk who got what he had coming. Too bad he missed the other punk thugs!
  35. Timt49
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    Timt49 - October 08, 2013 1:50 pm
    There is no doubt that Racine is circling the drain. But that is still no excuse for those that feel they are poor and trapped to be doing some of the things that they do.
  36. Opinionated Lady
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    Opinionated Lady - October 08, 2013 1:47 pm
    ggodmuls, you're kidding right? Because people are unemployed and overtaxed that gives them the right to break into someone's home? In this instance, Kay Nine is right (never thought I'd hear myself say that). There are too many nowadays with the "you have to give it to me I don't need to earn it" attitude.
  37. ggodmuls
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    ggodmuls - October 08, 2013 12:03 pm
    Where are these jobs at?

    You can deny the reality all you want - but Racine's tax structure and cost of doing business have driven the Employers out and made many businesses in Racine unprofitable. Racine can't compete in the global economy.

    Hating on those who are poor and trapped doesn't help.
  38. Kay Nine
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    Kay Nine - October 08, 2013 11:33 am
    Because none of these "involved parties" could ever possibly get a real job and stop the id!ocy. Parents: Please tell your children that they are expected to get a real job, earn money and support themselves. Because they apparently aren't getting the message.
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