MADISON — A Superior man who went on a one-person crime spree within the Twin Ports final October was sentenced Thursday in federal courtroom to 10 years in jail and three years supervised launch.
Cody Walker-Nelson, 31, advised District Decide William Conley that Oct. 1 was “the worst day of his complete life,” when he stole a number of autos, tried to rob a financial institution, drove the flawed course on the Bong Bridge, and ended up in an armed standoff with a SWAT staff.
Assistant U.S. Legal professional Corey Stephan wrote:
Starting about 11 a.m. Oct. 1, Walker-Nelson tried to steal a Subaru WRX and stole a Chevy Tahoe and Ford Escape. He led police on a number of high-speed chases. About 90 minutes after the preliminary 911 calls, a citizen reported that the defendant stole seven firearms from his house.
At 1:30 p.m., the defendant drove the Ford Escape to the drive-thru window of the Superior department of Related Financial institution. He knocked on the window. The teller approached the window and noticed the defendant pointing a handgun at her. He motioned for her to return towards him, however she ducked out of the way in which and yelled for assist.
Walker-Nelson then drove off, prompting one other 911 name about him driving in opposition to visitors at excessive speeds on the Bong Bridge heading to Minnesota. He then tried to steal an off-duty police officer’s private car at a fuel station in Duluth earlier than once more fleeing.
He encountered two pedestrians and waved a pistol round, fired it and accused them of “working for the feds.” He took a pockets from one in every of them and left them with two of the stolen unloaded firearms.
Regulation enforcement closed in on Walker-Nelson, who had barricaded himself in an house. The house constructing had beforehand been a financial institution, and the house that Walker-Nelson entered had a big vault inside.
Witnesses noticed the defendant take a number of firearms into the constructing, and two SWAT groups have been referred to as to the scene. A regulation enforcement drone confirmed the defendant going out and in of the vault. Walker-Nelson subsequently shot down the drone.
Through the several-hour standoff, a SWAT staff deployed tear fuel in an try to subdue Walker-Nelson however, it needed to smash by the entrance door. Walker-Nelson fired a spherical from the vault by the bed room door, prompting officers to make use of extra tear fuel.
One bullet went by the house’s entrance door and right into a neighboring house.
The defendant tried to begin a hearth within the vault utilizing a propane can earlier than he was captured.
Within the house, a 9 mm pistol used within the financial institution theft, a .45-caliber pistol, a .270-caliber rifle, a 22-caliber rifle and an AR-15 rifle have been recovered. Two residents returned a 12-gauge shotgun and a .38 caliber revolver that Walker-Nelson gave them in change for a pockets.
Walker-Nelson beforehand advised authorities that he went on a “drug-induced rampage” after a number of sleepless nights he attributed to utilizing “unhealthy methamphetamine.”
On Thursday, he learn from a letter telling Conley that he was “on a suicide mission,” throughout his Oct. 1 crime spree, and though nobody was injured because of this, he acknowledged that his conduct put many lives in peril. He additionally thanked native regulation enforcement for not killing him, though that they had many alternatives to take action.
He blamed his spree on utilizing methamphetamine.
“It’s a strong and damaging drug, that altered my ethical compass … and I’m ashamed and disgusted for letting it flip me into somebody I didn’t even know,” he stated.
Dependancy had been an issue in his household for generations and Walker-Nelson stated he wanted to get right into a restoration program to handle his dependancy and assist others with their drug issues.
Conley advised Walker-Nelson that he thought neither of them know what triggers Walker-Nelson’s drug use, however till he can keep drug-free, he will probably be a hazard to himself and the neighborhood.
After pleading responsible earlier this summer season to tried financial institution theft, Walker-Nelson confronted a most sentence of 20 years. The ten-year sentence was much like these imposed in like circumstances and mirrored Walker-Nelson’s prison document, which started when he was 16 years outdated, Conley stated.
Walker-Nelson, who stays in custody, has circumstances pending in Douglas and St. Louis counties for a similar conduct he was prosecuted for in federal courtroom. The sentence Conley imposed is to run concurrent to any he receives in state courtroom.