Two teens arraigned for conspiracy in connection to Parkhurst case

Two women were arraigned yesterday for their roles in last week’s incident that left one dead and one wounded.

According to new criminal complaints filed yesterday, 19-year-old Lauryn Elizabeth Jones and 18-year-old Deja Ilean Mattison are each accused of one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery in the first degree and one count of conspiracy to commit simple robbery.

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

Deja Mattison, 18. Photo courtesy of the Beltrami County Jail.

Mattison and Jones, according to the complaint, conspired to rob 18-year-old Antonio Parkhurst and lured him to the residence on the 1100 block of Minnesota Ave. NW.

Twenty-year-old Lupe Rosillo and a 17-year-old male, identified as “J.B.”, reportedly wore masks and attempted to assault Parkhurst, who then responded by firing two shots with a 9mm handgun, one of which was fatal.

Rosillo died as a result, and the 17-year-old was treated at the hospital for a gunshot wound and released.

Parkhurst was arraigned on murder and assault charges last Friday.

Seventeen-year-old “J.B.” is still at large, according to the new complaints.


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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