Murder and assault charges dismissed for Red Lake man

A Red Lake man who was once accused of second degree murder and assault with a dangerous weapon had the more serious charges dismissed.

Nineteen-year-old Antonio Parkhurst was initially charged in February, but a sentencing in late June dismissed the murder and assault charges after Parkhurst entered a guilty plea to carrying a pistol without a permit, a gross misdemeanor.

Antonio Parkhurst. Photo courtesy of the Beltrami County Jail

According to initial criminal complaints, Parkhurst was lured to a residence on Minnesota Avenue by two Bemidji women, and two males attempted to rob Parkhurst while wearing masks, which was responded to with gunfire. One male was killed while the other was treated for a gunshot wound and released.

Parkhurst served 137 days in the Beltrami County Jail, and while the sentence for the weapons offense is 205 days, a note on court records indicated that the sentence was served and Parkhurst was released on June 25.

A plea hearing for one of the Bemidji women associated with the incident, 19-year-old Deja Mattison,  is scheduled for Monday.

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


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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