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 events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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