Standoff suspect pleads guilty in related cases

Oct. 25—MANKATO — A man accused of leading police on a two-day standoff in April pleaded guilty in three related cases this week.

Walter Brown, 30, of Mankato, will be sentenced Jan. 16 in Blue Earth County District Court.

Courts records show his guilty pleas could result in at least two-thirds of 15 years plus nine months spent in prison, followed by the remainder spent on supervised release.

The guilty pleas include first-degree assault, felon in possession of a firearm, interfering with a 911 call and deprivation of parental rights. The proposed sentence of 15 years plus nine months is attached to the first-degree assault charge, while sentences for the three other charges will be concurrently served.

The cases against Brown stem from a March incident in which he was accused of abducting his 2-year-old son, Koran Kory Brown. Police located him in April, leading to a lengthy standoff at an apartment on Hilltop Lane.

A criminal complaint states Brown fled from police on foot and fired a shot at an officer behind him before running into the apartment.

At least one charge against Brown for second-degree assault would be dismissed as part of his guilty pleas. Prosecutors also would withdraw an upward departure request, meaning his sentence would remain within the recommended guidelines.

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