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Teen Receives 12 Years in Prison for Robbing Students

Rodney Jamaal Banks, 16, was sentenced today by Douglas County Superior Court Judge David T. Emerson after entering a guilty plea to charges of Robbery and Criminal Attempt to Commit Armed Robbery.

A Douglasville teen will serve 12 years in prison after robbing and holding multiple students at gun point outside New Manchester High School in 2011, according to Douglas County District Attorney David McDade.

Rodney Jamaal Banks, 16, was sentenced today by Superior Court Judge David T. Emerson after entering a guilty plea to charges of Robbery and Criminal Attempt to Commit Armed Robbery. Following his release from prison, Banks will be required to serve eight years on probation. He is also banished from Douglas County.

“When students can’t even go to school without being fearful of being robbed at gunpoint, then something is just flat-out wrong,” said McDade. “We have to send a message that is unmistakable, that is loud, and clearly heard in this community that says we will not tolerate violent crime and violent criminals, like this one. If you decide to commit a violent crime in this community, you’d better be prepared for our response.”

Assistant District Attorney Rachel Ackley told the court both charges stem from two separate incidents that took place on November 17, 2011. On both occasions, students staying after school were held at gunpoint by Banks, who school administrators said had been expelled from New Manchester weeks earlier. Officers were only called after the second incident, which occurred while two teenagers were walking toward the school from the baseball field.

According to Ackley, both students were confronted in the school parking lot by Banks carrying a black handgun, the same weapon investigators learned was used in an attempted robbery outside the high school minutes earlier. The defendant demanded money from both teenagers. One of students complied by emptying his pockets and book bag. The other student, ignoring the barrel of the gun pointed at his face, and the defendant’s threats of shooting him, fled towards the school for help. Banks was arrested after being identified multiple times as the suspect.

Drop here January 09, 2013 at 11:42 AM
Don't drop the soap buddy. He is a cute young man too
Bruce January 09, 2013 at 08:41 PM
“When students can’t even go to school without being fearful of being robbed at gunpoint, then something is just flat-out wrong,” said McDade. “We have to send a message that is unmistakable, that is loud, and clearly heard in this community that says we will not tolerate violent crime and violent criminals, like this one. If you decide to commit a violent crime in this community, you’d better be prepared for our response.” Too bad Emerson didn't give the former mayor Mickey Thompson and the Douglasville City Council the same sentence for stealing our tax money. The message was loud and clear: The system is rigged.
Lina Leonard January 09, 2013 at 11:23 PM
ohh so yall think this is funny... Jamaal is my cousin and he doesnt need to be made an example out of anything... Douglas county has went overboard with his sentencing and its crazy. And to everyone that thinks he is guilty i know my cousin and i know what he is capable of. By the way he wont drop the soap.
Cynthia Montgomery January 10, 2013 at 12:47 AM
Jamaal got up one morning, decided he was not going to get an education, learn to improve himself, get a education, a career, find love, and raise a family....NO JAMAAL decided he would cause harm to his fellow man. His mind said it was O'tay! SO family of JAMAAL, he decided to be a punk. Unless you told him to go rob people at gun point then Jamaal did it. Where were you when he was failing at school? Where were you when he needed direction? Where were you when he was suspended? Where were you when he pulled this dangerous action? NO WHERE!! that's wear. Now it is time to pay for his manly actions and 10 years is enough. WHen he comes out maybe he will change his tune but with no family support I think not! I applaud the judge that finally took a stand. I thank the citizens that are speaking up for cleaning up our streets. I challenge you to check into his background and see how many other times he as been in trouble with the law. If you want to help your cousin-you failed. Your "poor Jamaal" attitude is part of the reason he is in jail. No Consequence - No Change. This is not funny. Having a gun stuck in your face is not funny. Being robbed is not funny. Capturing & jailing this man responsible is justice, not funny. Here's hoping the family will stop encouraging his bad behavior by posting encourage words about how the world is out to get him. It only teaches him to believe he is right to do wrong, your guilty consequence is showing.
Leeza January 10, 2013 at 04:04 AM
As I leave my comments on this unacceptable and despicable act by Jammal Banks. I pray that our community here in Douglasville take a good look into your homes. Look in the Mirror, Check out your kids rooms, ask the hard questions, and learn to give consequence at home. We are in denial about our kids. Jammal is not the first tragedy herein Douglas County, and he is not the only troubled teen here. He's just one who happened to get caught and made an example out of. How many of you reading this know without a doubt that we have a drug problem here and don't speak on it ? How many of you know the kids go out and drink and drive and ignore it. I pray that instead of making light of a terrible tragedy that we would work harder to teach our kids respect for human life and responsibility for our actions. Parents Stop and Look , See what you find !!!!
Lillie N. January 10, 2013 at 06:52 PM
I agree that he should be punished... but as a expelled teen, he should be in some modified behavior facility ... that may not even exist, but to see a TEEN who clearly has some social issues go to prison with hardened criminals for 12years just seems wrong to me. I know with all the school shootings we are afraid, and want to make a stand and a statement but is this really the best and only alternative we have??!
jasamine January 10, 2013 at 10:02 PM
I deleted it myself thank u n only bc im not interested in entertaining people like u n by the way im his aunt. Its nobody justifying what he did we know its wrong but he is a child n how can he get shot if it was fake. Look he made a bad choice but people like u are not God u have ur own judgement day coming n so do the people who think they are in control of our lives. So as for u cheri find u some business that concerns u bc this doesnt. U lonely.....u most definitely knpw what the ......stands for!!!!!!!!
Dick Jones January 11, 2013 at 12:56 AM
He got what he deserved. Douglas County runs on laws, not ghetto rules. He committed a violent act and victimized his fellow students, He deserves every minute of his sentence and we deserve to live without people like him in society. If he wasn't a thug, he wouldn't be on his way to prison. Time for his family to reflect on what appears to be some pretty crappy parenting.
Lina Leonard January 11, 2013 at 03:04 AM
yes jamaal made a mistake and no he is not perfect. all of the parents want to sit here and judge my cousin like he is a monster... my advice to you is to worry about your klids because yesss they are doing drugs and having sex if you didnt know...and many of you ALL CALL HIM DUMD...NO JAMAAL WAS FAR FROM THAT ... jamaal used to be one of the smartest people in his class...he just started hanging with the wrong crowd.. when jamaal get out within the next few years on good behavior he wil do something with himself and be above all of the people who doubted him... nd since everyone knows so much did you kow that they never once found a weapon on jamaal...ohh you didnt...so everyone should mind their buisness!!
Lina Leonard January 11, 2013 at 03:06 AM
lady shutuppp....you know nothing of what you are trying to sound educated on
NoLuvforDouglasville January 11, 2013 at 03:17 AM
Douglasville is a racist city, certain streets that you go down, confederate flags are EVERYWHERE!! So people please beware. Yes, he committed a crime, but the city wanted to make an example out of someone and he just so happen to be in the perfect place at the perfect time.
Keshia B January 11, 2013 at 03:27 AM
Jamaal was guilty of a crime that shows he has no respect for human life. Reading posts from his family shows where he gets this attitude. Instead of being angry and pointing the finger to people who do not condone disrespect of human life, think of the possible implications and future issues he has presented to his young victims. These were children who I am sure felt helpless, why no sympathy for them (aunt)?? He chose to commit a crime and I we do have rules of the land. Having 3 children in school myself I would have expected the same punishment because his upbringing has proven to fail him and maybe another approach can end up making a man of him in the future. And as for him being considered a criminal, he is!! He chose a heinous way to live accept it and teach him to learn from his mistakes. That is all we as parents should do. And stop defending the worst in our children!!
jasamine January 11, 2013 at 04:27 AM
First of all his parents his aunts his uncles his grandmother grandfather n all older cousins tried to guide jamaal on the right path. We always had talks n told him what would happen if he made one wrong mistake. He moved to another location n got involved with the wrong people. Yes Jamaal had a choice n yet he made a bad one but that doesnt justify nun. I think u all should spend more time raising ur kids instead of writing on blogs. Teach ur kids right n maybe he/she wont make a mistake. Like i said before he is a child he was 15 its not like he was a cold hearted murderer or burglar. It was a fake gun supposedly but yet a weapon was never produced. Jamaal was sentenced based upon all the things that cold hard criminals are doing.
jasamine January 11, 2013 at 04:29 AM
Dick jones as we can see u a white man living ib a white mans world. I hope nothing good come of u
James Woodard January 11, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Jasamine, I don't even have to ask....Jamal's father is non-existent or in jail. This is because the black culture places no priority on education or a nuclear family. The black culture is matriarchal (translation-the woman rules the family, clan...or in your case...tribe), hyper violent, and hyper sexual. Just look at your ridiculous posts...you write in text language....and/or you simply can't spell and have no idea how to correctly compose sentences in the English language. Not many will stand up and say this:....get off food stamps...educate your children, stop your hyper violent actions, quit having babies out of wedlock with multiple men who make no commitment to their family, stop your entitlement mentality, get a job and do well at it in the private sector, and THEN White Mans World will become YOUR world. You and your culture can have a seat at the table...right now you and your kind do nothing but drain the resources and dilute the culture of our society.
Lillie N. January 13, 2013 at 03:58 AM
That was just so unnecessary, and yet it proved a point. Unfortunately not yours. Generalizations should not be applied to people or cultures. Validation of narrow mind, and quick fingers.
cierra prioleau January 13, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Man That's messed Up He Just GOther 12Years wow He Just Had Got 2 years Not 12 I'M Going To pray For Him
Brenda January 13, 2013 at 07:28 PM
I Feel As If , If You Have Anything Negative To Say About Jamaal Keep It To Yourself. Hardly Any Of You Know Him And You Dont Know His Situation. Jamaal Is The Sweetest Person Ever , He Just Chose To Make A Few Bad Decisions. So As Far As Negative Comment , SHUT THE FUCK UP. I've Been Knowing Him Since 7th Grade I Know Way More Than What You Outsiders Think You Know ABout Him
Rita Clancy January 13, 2013 at 09:19 PM
He held up two kids with a GUN, it doesn't matter if it was a play gun, he wanted THEIR money, I don't care if he is your family member, this is illegal and HE CHOSE to do this, no one made him, it doesn't matter if he got 'into' a bad crowd, Jamaal CHOSE to do this, HE made the decision! And now he has to pay, if it was reversed and someone held up one of your kids or loved ones, you would be screaming for justice! This is a horrible thing to happen to this young man and the important thing now is to not forget him, to let him know you love him and hopefully, he will come out and make the right choices and do something with his life!
Lina Leonard January 13, 2013 at 11:29 PM
To james!! I have you know that jamaals mom is white nd has a nice job and house...she has 3 kids by one man which is jamaals father and yes he is in the picture...she is not on food stamps or anyy type of wellfare...jamaal simply just stared hanging with the wrong croud!
Alice Rose January 14, 2013 at 02:06 AM
James Woodard, you are an embarrassment to me as a white resident of Douglasville. This isn't the place for your ridiculous rant. What this teen did was wrong and I'm sure the victims who had a gun on them had no idea if it was real or not, I know I wouldn't be trying to find out, I'd be in fear of my life. Who is to say if the time given was too long? I sincerely hope he makes better choices and my heart goes out to all the family who tried their best to lead him the right way. As a mother of a responsible grown man who has a military career, family and home (who was once a wild teen), I understand how an adult's words and teachings can fall on deaf ears of a teen. Wish Jamel well with his life.
Alice Rose January 14, 2013 at 02:22 AM
You blew your chance at sounding intelligent by using Buckwheat's signature expression of 'O tay'. Yet another reason to be embarrassed by someone who is the same race that I am. How I wish I'd never moved to Douglasville, GA. Can't wait until my company transfers me away from this backwards place. No one is saying what happened was right, but no sense in letting your racist views be sprinkled all through your comment.
WestGA74 January 14, 2013 at 02:44 PM
I pray that Jamaal is shielded, protected and guided by God while he serves his sentence. It saddens me to see the racism still alive and well in Douglas County. I hope that those who have such hatred in their hearts and making racist comments are not teaching this to their children. This is all so sad.
Alice Rose January 16, 2013 at 12:26 AM
I concur with all your prayers for Jamaal :) Racism in Douglas County is as bad as it was in the 50's & 60's and you know as well as I do that they are certainly teaching their children the same. They grow up hearing hatred and yes, it's sad. Never lived in a place that I was so eager to get away, hoping my transfer comes through. God bless you for such a wonderful comment, it gives me hope.
Dick Jones January 16, 2013 at 02:41 AM
Funny how some people always think that things are always race-based. Jamal is a moron, who committed an intentional, violent felony and now he is going to the big house. He will get free food (no food stamps needed anymore), free housing (no section 8 needed) and a new group of like-minded friends (no Obama phone required). No matter his color or who is is, he deserves what he got. Our society doesn't need people like him lurking around. The rules are the same for all of us. The decisions we make dictate the quality of our lives.
Alice Rose January 17, 2013 at 04:12 AM
Dick Jones: The perfect example of the type of people and mindset that I've encountered living here in Douglasvile. Scary, isn't it? Transfer please come through for me! I want out of this backwoods city!
Alice Rose January 17, 2013 at 04:13 AM
Douglasville
Thomas white April 06, 2013 at 01:22 PM
Fuck all yo nigga downing my lil bro he didnt deserve 12years free lil mal love you lil bro
Thomas white April 06, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Fuck all yall dumb ass crackers he didnt do shit I watch lil bro grow up sorry mom imiss lil bro to
Lina Leonard May 10, 2013 at 11:39 PM
What ever..you all downing him can go to hell :) FREE MY COUSIN MAAL!

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