Bankston Denied Parole
Tuesday, July 19, 2011, William Kim Bankston, now 58, appeared before the
Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole in
District Attorney General William Paul Phillips, along with Legal Intern Graham Wilson, appeared before the Parole Board on Tuesday, opposing Bankston’s release. In addition to their appearance, a host of written letters and signed petitions opposing Bankston’s early release was also submitted for the Board’s consideration.
The hearing was conducted by Chairman Charles Traughber and one other member of the Board. The pair denied Bankston’s release for the maximum period; however, the duo’s actions must be affirmed by two other Board members before being official. Phillips was confident that the Parole Board would sustain the Chairman’s decision. If affirmed, Bankston would not be eligible for parole again until July 2017.
am thankful for the Parole Board’s decision to deny Mr. Bankston parole,”
commented Graham. Tuesday appearance
before the Board was the intern’s first.
“This tragic event is still fresh in the minds of Scott Countians, and I am grateful that
On March 10, 2003, Bankston pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in his wife murder. In addition, Bankston pleaded guilty to evading arrest, aggravated assault on an officer (two counts), vandalism of more than $10,000 and felony possession of a handgun. Collectively, he was sentenced to a total of 39 years. His official release date from prison is October 13, 2036. At the time of his release, Bankston would be 83 years old.