MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Martavious Banks, the man who made headlines when he was shot by police almost a year ago, walked to freedom Wednesday evening.
Banks spent months recovering in the hospital after he was shot by police following a chase in September 2018. In May, he was indicted on a number of charges related to the pursuit including intent to evade arrest auto risk/death, unlawful possession of a weapon in a public place, driving with a suspended or revoked license and reckless driving.
Banks' attorney, Arthur Horne, said Banks entered a plea deal Wednesday in exchange for his freedom. He pleaded guilty to the evading charge and unlawful possession of a weapon charge and was given two years and 10 months of probation.
"I’m just happy to be out," said Banks, who spoke to reporters for the first time since the 2018 shooting, after walking out of jail.
The terms of Banks' probation requires him to get a job, avoid future arrests and submit to random drug and alcohol testing. The district attorney's office said Banks is also required to earn a GED, but Horne said Banks already has a high school diploma.
"He could be a role model to a lot of people. God’s given him a second chance in life," Horne said.
Banks' release from jail comes on the same day that the officer who shot him was booked into jail on assault and DUI charges.
Police say Jamarcus Jeames, who resigned from the Memphis Police Department in February, was arrested around 3 a.m. at a Cordova gas station.
Employees there say he attacked a fellow employee and police say he then tried fleeing in a car stocked with bottles and cans of opened alcohol.
"That’s a good thing. That’s a great thing," said Banks upon hearing of Jeames' arrest.
"They say God shows you a lot of signs and I think this just one of them," said Banks' mother, Janice.
Memphis police have said Banks' shooting started with a traffic stop, but according to an investigative report, the officer who pulled Banks over lied about the reason for doing so.
Police said Jeames turned off his body camera before opening fire on Banks.
Horne said his client plans to try and regain his driver's license and proceed with a civil lawsuit.
But Banks said his top priority is getting home to see his two sons.
"They waiting on me. Talk to them every day. They want to know when I’m coming home," he said.