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Banis deal spares him the death penalty

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A deal has been worked out in the murder trial of Joseph Banis, sparing him the death penalty.   

On Friday, jurors found Banis guilty of murder in the death of Jamie Carroll.

On Monday, Banis agreed to a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for 20 years. In exchange, he will testify against his former boyfriend, co-defendant Jeffrey Mundt, and waive his right to an appeal. Banis also agreed to be classified as a persistent felony offender, which would add more prison time, but that sentence was expected to run concurrently.

Banis has five previous felony convictions. Prosecutors said he completed his sentence for the last of those convictions one month before Carroll was killed.

Carroll's body was found in June 2010 buried in a plastic container in the basement of the Old  Louisville home Banis and Mundt shared. Prosecutors say Carroll was shot and stabbed to death in December 2009.

Banis also was found guilty of robbery, forgery, tampering with physical evidence, criminal possession of a forged instrument and possession of meth in the case. Banis received a life sentence for the murder, 20 years for robbery, 10 years for tampering with physical evidence, 10 years for each of three counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, three years for each count of possession of methamphetamine counts and 12 months for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jamie Carroll's mother fainted in the hallway after the sentencing hearing. Prosecutors and the lead LMPD detective on the case came to her aid. She was wheeled out of the courthouse on a stretcher. There was no immediate word on her condition.

Mundt's trial is scheduled to begin in May. Because he agreed to testify against Banis, the death penalty will not be sought in Mundt's case.

Banis will be formally sentenced on June 12.

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