According to prosecutors, a 37-year-old Newport man has been sentenced to more than 55 years in prison for shooting two men last summer in South St. Paul – an execution-style murder – after a brawl over a woman.
Dakota County District Judge Timothy McManus on Wednesday sentenced Jerome Deshon Meisters to 40 years in prison for the execution-style murder of 33-year-old Matthew Perkins of St. He was sentenced to 15 years and 5 months for the attempted murder of Perkins’s cousin, a 36-year-old Beport man who was seriously injured. McManus ordered Mrs to serve a continuing sentence, and also paid $7,500 in restitution.
On 29 June a jury deliberated for 90 minutes before convicting Mrs. of second-degree murder with intent (not premeditated) and second-degree intent to murder (not premeditated).
According to the criminal complaint, Perkins and Mrs. had an argument over a woman in the 600 block of North 17 Avenue around 4 a.m. on August 17, 2020.
A witness told police that Mrs had an argument with Perkins over a woman and that Perkins “accuses Mrs of ruining his life,” the complaint read. “Mister asked Perkins if they could meet and talk about it.”
After a heated argument in front of a house, Mrs shot Perkins five times.
A witness “looked down the street and saw Mrs stand over Perkins and shoot him, which the officer interpreted as execution style,” the complaint read.
According to the complaint, Perkins’s cousin, who had arrived at the scene with Perkins, was shot in the stomach and arm as Mrs followed him down the street.
Many residents of the area told police officials that they saw a man running away from the scene. Officers found a Glock 489mm handgun in a storm sewer. About three hours after the shooting, Perkins was arrested at a hotel.
“The sentencing by Judge McManus was warranted in this case in view of the senseless violence Mr.