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Banks conviction stems from sexual asphyxiation of girlfriend

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on October 28, 2011 – 11:59 amNo Comment

The son of Raymond Banks, owner of Ray’s New and Used Guns in Hillman spent 10 years in prison for suffocating his girlfriend.

Randall Banks, 56, was arrested Tuesday in Bay City for violating parole by hanging out at his father’s store.  Convicted felons can not possess firearms or be around them.

Also Tuesday, federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives raided the gun shop in Hillman, seizing an unknown number of guns and other items. 

ATF Special Agent Donald Dawkins would not release details of the ongoing investigation.

ATF agents performed an uncover sting of the Hillman store in September.  Randall Banks allegedly sold them a gun at the time.

According to court records obtained by True North Radio, Randall suffocated his 29 year-old girlfriend in 1996 by placing his hand over her mouth and nose.  He told police the death was accidental and occurred during “sexual asphyxiation”, which the two had engaged in six or seven times. 

Randall initially said a ghost had poisoned him and was in his apartment.  That’s were police recovered the body of his girlfriend, wrapped in a blanket and plastic bag inside a closet.  The incident occurred in Monroe, Michigan.

Banks was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 1998.

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