Bemidji woman pleads not guilty to conspiracy charges

A Bemidji woman entered not guilty pleas on counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery and simple robbery.

According to the criminal complaints, in February, two women and two men conspired to rob 20-year-old Antonio Parkhurst at a Minnesota Avenue address. Parkhurst was armed and when two masked men rushed him. He fired two shots, killing one and injuring another.

Parkhurst’s homicide and assault charges were dismissed earlier this year, and he served his time for a weapons offense.

Nineteen-year-old Deja Mattison entered a guilty plea in July, and 19-year-old Lauryn Jones pleaded not guilty last Thursday.

The Jones case will go to pre-trial in November.

Lauryn Jones, 19. Photo courtesy of the Beltrami County Jail.

Mattison was sentenced last week to a stayed one-year prison sentence for conspiracy to commit simple robbery, and will be on supervised probation for the next five years.

Mattison also has 52 more days of local confinement, after already serving 104 days in the Beltrami County Jail.

Mattison’s charge of first degree conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery was dismissed.


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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