Dakota County Attorney Kathy Keena announced that Jerome Deshawn Misters, age 37 of Newport, Minnesota, was sentenced today to a total of 665 months in prison by Judge Timothy McManus in connection to the shooting of two men during the early morning hours of August 17, 2020, in South St. Paul. Misters fatally shot Matthew Perkins, age 33 of St. Paul, and seriously injured a 36-year-old male from Bayport, Minnesota. A Dakota County Jury convicted the Defendant of Second Degree Intentional Murder and Attempted Second Degree Intentional Murder on June 29, 2021. The Court sentenced the Defendant as to 480 months for the murder of Matthew Perkins and 185 months for the attempted second-degree murder of the second victim and ordered the sentences be served consecutively for the total of 665 months. Misters was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $7,500.00.
The following is a summary of the facts in this case from the criminal complaint:
At approximately 4:00 a.m. on August 17, 2020, South St. Paul police officers were dispatched to a residential area in the City on a report of a shooting that had occurred. Upon arrival at the scene, officers located a male victim lying on the sidewalk, facedown. The male, later identified as Matthew Perkins, had what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his chest. Perkins was unresponsive and not breathing. Officers administered first aid until the victim was transported from the scene by paramedics. Perkins was declared deceased at the hospital from his injuries. A later autopsy revealed that Perkins had been shot five times and died from blood loss.
Officers also located a second male victim in the street a short distance away. The second victim had gunshot wounds to his abdomen and upper arm. The second victim was able to speak with officers. He indicated that he and his cousin (Perkins) had come to the South St. Paul residence and had been shot after getting into a heated argument with another male, later identified as Misters, in front of the house where this incident occurred. After being initially shot, Perkins ran down the street and was pursued by Misters, who then shot him multiple times.
A previous news release can be viewed at County Attorney News Releases. While in custody in the jail, a mug shot can be viewed at Inmate Search.
Keena commented: “The sentence issued by Judge McManus was warranted in this case given the senseless violence perpetrated by Misters against two separate victims." Keena expressed her sympathy to the family and friends of Matthew Perkins and her best wishes for the second victim's full recovery.
Keena praised Assistant Dakota County Attorneys Dain Olson and Evan Frazier who prosecuted the case. Keena also thanked the South St. Paul Police Department, the West St. Paul Police Department, the Inver Grove Heights Police Department, the Mendota Heights Police Department, the Dakota County Sheriff's Office, the Dakota County Drug Task Force, the Dakota County Electronic Crime Unit, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Minnesota State Patrol, the K9 units from the ATF, the Bloomington Police Department and the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office who all assisted in the investigation and prosecution of this case.
If you have questions, contact Kathy Keena at 651-438-4440.