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Man gets 6-1/2 years in 2004 case involving 11-year-old girl

A Corydon man was sentenced to 6-1/2 years in prison Thursday after being found guilty of burglary, battery and resisting arrest.
According to police reports, at approximately 11:30 p.m. on May 28, 2004, an 11-year-old Corydon girl was lying in bed and watching television when she was startled by a scream outside her window. That’s when Ronald Banet, 30, Palmyra, came crashing through the window and into the room of the girl. Banet, who had his pants at his ankles, fully exposing himself, jumped onto the girl’s bed and stood over her.
The girl’s parents awoke to her screams, and after running into her room, the father got into a physical altercation with Banet while the mother removed the girl and ran to the other end of the home to call police.
Banet eventually fled from the home and returned to his place of employment, Rosenbarger Excava-tion, where he had been prior to breaking into the residence.
Officer Tim Berkenmeyer, formerly of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept., arrived on the scene, and Banet ran towards the officer as if he was going to attack him, but instead he turned and ran. Berkenmeyer gave chase and eventually brought Banet down. The two then got into a physical struggle. At one point, Berkenmeyer said he thought Banet was trying to break his leg.
Lt. Roy Wiseman arrived and helped place Banet in handcuffs. Banet was transported to Harrison County Hospital in Corydon to get treatment for injuries suffered during his illegal entrance into the home. While at the hospital, Banet became combative and had to be strapped to the gurney. During that time, he screamed incoherent threats towards everyone, including his own child.
During the sentencing hearing, Banet admitting to picking up a hitchhiker that night and taking a few puffs of marijuana with the man. After that, he said, he didn’t remember anything until he was in the hospital.
However, blood tests done the night of the incident showed no traces of alcohol or marijuana in Banet’s system. Ronnie Rosenbarger had provided testimony that Banet was observed a short time before the incident consuming a beer.
Doctors on both sides disagreed on what could have caused Banet’s unusual behavior. One said he could have been hallucinating due to loss of fluids and electrolytes, while another said any deficiency in liquids probably wouldn’t result in such an extreme swing in behavior.
‘This man has had a complete law-abiding life up until this,’ said Banet’s attorney, David Mosley, during sentencing.
After the May 2004 incident, however, Banet was charged and convicted in November of the same year with driving under the influence, which was a violation of the terms of his bond.
Judge Roger D. Davis said the entire incident is one of the most unique cases he’s come across.
‘It’s not every day that you have some guy who jumps through a window and drops his drawers. It’s pretty off the path. We have had a lot of oddball things that happen, but we’ve never had one quite like this,’ he said.
Banet received 10 years for burglary, with four years suspended and six years to serve. He was sentenced to 1-1/2 years for battery, with one year suspended and six months to serve, which will be served concurrent to a charge of resisting arrest. The resisting charge earned him a penalty of six months, with four months suspended and two months to serve. He was also ordered to pay $2,450 in restitution to the family of the victim for the equity of their home, which they immediately moved out of after the incident. Also, should the girl ever need counseling (to date, she has declined it), Banet would be required to pay for those sessions.
Banet, who is married and has a young daughter of his own, has 30 days from the date of sentencing to appeal Davis’ decision.