Friday, the Colorado man who prosecutors say abducted and murder a man from Vermont as part of a global conspiracy to do murder-for-hire pleaded guilty in federal court to charges that could land him in prison for life.
Colorado Man Pleads Guilty To Murder Charges
Jerry Banks 35 years old pleaded guilty as he appeared in Vermont US District Court. A sentencing hearing for Banks will be scheduled for a later date.
Banks was charged with murder for hire that led to the January 2018 death of Gregory Davis, of Danville, Vermont, and a charge of abduction. He had initially pleaded not guilty. The Victim’s remains were discovered by the side of a snowy Vermont back road.
Prosecutors say Banks was part of a conspiracy that started when Davis had been threatening to go to the FBI to declare he’d been involved in a fraudulent oil deal with another one of the conspirators, Serhat Gumrukcu, of Los Angeles, who is also facing murder for hire charge in the case.
The Colorado Man Has The Same Case of Gumrukcu and Berk Eratay
The cases of Gumrukcu and Berk Eratay, who face similar charges, are pending. Both have pleaded not guilty.
A fourth person, Aren Lee Ethridge, of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty in July and is currently awaiting sentencing.
Four suspects were linked in a chain by banks, who were acquainted with Ethridge, who was a friend of Eratay, who worked for Gumrukcu, through the course of more than four years after the death of Davis.