Duluth man sentenced to 10 years after ‘drug-induced criminal rampage’

Cody Walker-Nelson, 31, was sentenced in federal court Thursday.
Cody Walker-Nelson, 31, was sentenced in federal court Thursday.(KBJR 6/CBS 3)
Published: Sep. 1, 2022 at 4:03 PM CDT
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DULUTH, MN -- A Duluth man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after what the judge called a “drug-induced criminal rampage” through the Twin Ports.

The incident happened in October 2021.

Cody Walker-Nelson, 31, was sentenced in federal court Thursday.

He pleaded guilty in May 2022.

Authorities say it started when Walker-Nelson robbed a home in Superior, stealing several guns.

At some point, he tried to rob the Superior branch of the Associated Bank.

Authorities say he pulled up to the drive-through window, knocked on the window to get the teller’s attention, took up a firing stance, and pointed one of the stolen handguns at her.

The teller quickly moved out of sight and Walker-Nelson drove back to Duluth, heading the wrong way on the Bong Bridge.

No one was hurt in that incident and he wasn’t able to steal anything from the bank.

Once back in Duluth, Walker-Nelson tried to steal the car of an off-duty police officer but left when confronted by the officer.

He then stole a wallet from two people and fired a gun.

Next, he went to an apartment building where he was surrounded by law enforcement and SWAT teams.

Walker-Nelson fired one of the stolen handguns several times during the standoff, including shooting at and disabling a law enforcement drone.

Eventually, law enforcement used tear gas and a SWAT team forcibly breached the front door, at which time Walker-Nelson fired a round through the bedroom door.

Walker-Nelson retreated to a large safe in the bedroom where he attempted to start a fire using a canister of propane.

After he was taken into custody, officers found numerous bullet holes in the apartment including one that traveled through the front door and into a neighboring apartment.

Walker-Nelson has prior convictions for theft of firearms, burglary, felon in possession of a firearm, assault, and violating a domestic abuse injunction.

At sentencing, Walker-Nelson told the judge that he was a drug addict who wasn’t able to stay sober through the pandemic, which led him to commit the crimes.

The judge said that “only partially mitigated the offense” as Walker-Nelson had previous opportunities for treatment.

Walker-Nelson will spend three years on supervised release after his 10 years in prison.