Durron L. Brown was sentenced in Ramsey County District Court to nearly 22 years in prison for killing Marcelis L. Stafford, 21. Brown was credited for the more than 1½ years he has already spent behind bars.
Brown pleaded guilty in December to second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder. He had been indicted on two additional counts of first-degree murder after he rejected an initial plea deal in 2012.
According to court documents, Brown shot Stafford on June 2, 2012, in a parking lot behind the Hillsberry 94 Apartments on Ruth Street off Interstate 94. Brown was in the back seat of a car with Stafford at the time.
The two argued, and Brown announced, “This is a robbery.” Brown shot at Stafford and his brother, but the brother was not hurt.
A woman who knew Stafford told police he was planning to sell a quarter-pound of marijuana to someone for $1,350.