Man sentenced in connection to murder of Richmond police officer

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ)- One of the men found guilty in connection to the 2015 murder of Richmond Police Officer Daniel Ellis was sentenced in Madison County on Friday.

A Madison County judge sentenced 37-year-old Carl Banks to four years in prison Friday morning for his role in the events leading up to the 2015 murder of Richmond Police Officer Daniel Ellis.

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Banks pleaded guilty to three charges related to a robbery that took place back in November of 2015 and lead to Officer Ellis’s murder.

Police say Banks was the get away driver for accused cop killer Raleigh Sizemore.

Police say Banks drove Sizemore to the Gulf gas station off Main Street in Richmond to rob a woman and after the robbery failed, drove off with Sizemore back to the apartments where they both lived and where police say Sizemore later shot and killed Officer Ellis.



News of Banks’s sentencing traveled fast through Richmond, with many saying they were happy to finally see justice served.

“I’m happy for Daniel Ellis’s family, his son and his wife and he needed to be put in jail because it’s just a senseless crime. You know, took a mans life that was trying to help people and be there for the community. I think it’s, I’m kind of glad,” said Betty Henegar of Richmond.

The two men actually charged with murdering Officer Ellis. 36-year-old Raleigh Sizemore and 27-year-old Gregory Ratliff are set to begin their trial in July of 2018 where they both face the death penalty.