Newport man convicted in South St. Paul shooting death

A jury deliberated for 90 minutes this week before convicting Jerome Deshawn Misters for shooting two men in 2020 in South St. Paul, killing one. The 36-year-old Misters, of Newport, was convicted of second degree murder and attempted second degree murder Tuesday in Dakota County District Court. He will be sentenced on Sept. 15 at […]

Newport man convicted in South St. Paul shooting death

A jury deliberated for 90 minutes this week before convicting Jerome Deshawn Misters for shooting two men in 2020 in South St. Paul, killing one.

Jerome Deshawn Misters (Courtesy of Dakota County Sheriff’s Office)

The 36-year-old Misters, of Newport, was convicted of second degree murder and attempted second degree murder Tuesday in Dakota County District Court. He will be sentenced on Sept. 15 at 9 a.m.

Misters fatally shot Matthew Perkins, age 33 of St. Paul, and seriously injured a 36-year-old male from Bayport, on Aug. 17, 2020, according to Dakota County prosecutors. Perkins and Misters had gotten into an argument over a woman leading to an in-person confrontation around 4 a.m.in the 600 block of 17th Avenue North in South St. Paul.

A witness told police Misters had gotten into an argument with Perkins over a woman and that Perkins “blamed Misters for ruining his life,” the complaint states. “Misters asked Perkins if they could meet and talk about it.”

After a heated argument in front of a house, Misters shot Perkins five times. Perkins died of blood loss.

A witness “looked down the street and observed Misters standing over Perkins and shooting him in what the officer interpreted as execution style,” the complaint stated.

Perkin’s cousin, who had arrived at the scene with Perkins, was shot as Misters chased him down the street, according to the complaint. The cousin survived after undergoing surgery.

“I wish to express my gratitude to the witnesses who came forward and helped police identify Mr. Misters and who (testified) at his trial,” said Dakota County Attorney Kathy Keena in a statement. “I am grateful for the jury’s verdict in this matter and that Mr. Misters will be held accountable for his actions.”