Bemidji woman pleads guilty to simple robbery conspiracy in February shooting incident

A Bemidji woman entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to commit simple robbery this morning.

According to court documents, 19-year-old Deja Mattison was initially charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery as well, but that charge was dismissed as part of a plea deal.

Deja Mattison, 19. Photo courtesy of the Beltrami County Jail.

Mattison and another woman, Lauryn Jones, are accused of conspiring to rob 19-year-old Antonio Parkhurst at a home on Minnesota Avenue last February, which ended in a gunshot death for one young man and an injury to a juvenile male.

Parkhurst’s homicide charges were dismissed and he was convicted of a weapons offense.

Jones is scheduled to make her next court appearance in August, and has not yet entered a plea.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.


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