South St. Paul man pleads guilty to 2021 fatal Rochester shooting

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(ABC 6 News) – A South St. Paul man has entered a guilty plea in the 2021 shooting death of Todd Lorne Banks Jr.

Derrick Timothy Days, 29 of South St. Paul, pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder and second-degree assault.

Authorities said on June 6, 2021, Days and Nautica Cox, 23 of Minneapolis, shot two men on June 6 near the parking ramp on 1st Avenue and 3rd Street around 2:30 a.m.

28-year-old Todd Lorne Banks Jr. was killed and another 28-year-old man from Rochester suffered critical injuries.

Rochester Police said at least 5 people were playing dice on the sidewalk when a physical fight broke out and the two men began shooting.

“Often we will come to an agreement as to an exact amount of time someone will serve. In this particular case, we set a ceiling and the defendant wants to argue for something less and we’ll put on various evidence to support our positions,” Olmsted County Attorney Mark Ostrem said.

No sentencing date has been set.

Cox has pleaded not guilty to three counts of aiding and abetting second-degree murder, aiding and abetting attempted second-degree murder, and possession of a firearm after being convicted of a crime of violence.

His trial is scheduled to begin on December 12.