Brooklyn Park man sentenced to over 20 years in attempted murder, assault

A Brooklyn Park man has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison in connection to a stabbing and assault.

According to court documents, 28-year-old Cortez Deon Banks was sentenced to more than 21 years (253 months) at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility on Monday. Banks was sentenced to 200 months for murder, 32 months for domestic abuse and 21 months for assault, and was also ordered to serve those sentences consecutively rather than concurrently.

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On Sept. 20, 2021, Crystal police responded to a 911 call from a woman screaming “my baby, my baby” from an apartment near 5500 Douglas Drive North, according to an affidavit. There, police found a woman unconscious, without a pulse and with apparent stab wounds.

Police provided aid before the woman was taken to a hospital and went through life-saving treatment.

The affidavit states police knew Banks from prior contacts and found him naked in the apartment. He allegedly kicked in the door of the room the victim was in, then stabbed her while having sex with her.

Banks was given credit for 176 days already served.