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Man pleads guilty in 2012 St. Paul drug-deal murder

  • Article by: CHAO XIONG
  • Star Tribune
  • December 12, 2013 - 8:29 PM

Durron L. Brown pleaded guilty Wednesday to fatally shooting a man and wounding another during a drug deal on St. Paul’s East Side last year.

Brown, 27, pleaded guilty in Ramsey County District Court to second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.

Brown had been indicted on two additional counts of first-degree murder after he rejected an initial plea deal last year.

According to court documents: Brown shot Marcelis L. Stafford, 21, 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.

The two argued, and Brown announced, “This is a robbery.” Brown shot at Stafford and Stafford’s brother. The brother was unharmed.

A woman who knew Stafford told police that he was going to sell a quarter-pound of marijuana for $1,350.

CHAO XIONG

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