Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Melanie Sue Parkin, age 37, of South St. Paul, was sentenced today to 36 months in prison by Judge Kathryn Messerich in connection with two robberies of a West St. Paul Walgreens store which occurred on December 12, 2016 and January 14, 2017. Parkin was charged in February with two counts of Aggravated Robbery in the 1st Degree and pled guilty on August 31, 2017. This sentence was a downward departure from Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines.
In both of these robberies, Parkin displayed a black handgun (later determined to be an Airsoft gun) and demanded Oxycodone pain medication. At the time of the filing of these charges, Parkin was a special education teacher for South St. Paul schools.
Parkin was previously sentenced in Washington County District Court to 21 months in prison on December 12, 2017 in connection with two similar crimes committed in Washington County.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint, which is located online at: Criminal Complaint Search. Previous news releases can be viewed at: County Attorney News Releases. If in custody, a mug shot can be viewed online at: Inmate Search
Backstrom commented: "This is another example of crimes associated with opioid-related addiction."
Backstrom praised Assistant County Attorney Torrie Schneider who prosecuted this case. Backstrom thanked the West St. Paul Police Department for their thorough investigation into this matter.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4438.