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Charges amended in October shooting west of Bemidji

BEMIDJI—The charge against a Bemidji man accused of shooting at two people during an October 2017 altercation has been amended for the second time.

Deavion Ladell Beasley, 25, is now charged with felony possession of ammunition or a firearm after being convicted of a violent crime.

After the Oct. 5 assault, Beasley was initially charged with gross misdemeanor possession of a firearm after a domestic violence conviction. But an amended criminal complaint filed in November charged him with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

Beasley pleaded not guilty to the assault charge, which was amended yet again Friday, July 20.

According to court documents, Beasley shot at two men—Andy Tillotson and Kevin Robertson—in the parking lot of Pete's Place West after Tillotson attacked him with a pry bar. The convenience store/gas station is located at 7189 Pete Lane NW, just west of the Bemidji city limits.

Beasley and another man had allegedly followed Robertson and Tillotson to the store; during that trip, Beasley is accused of aiming a pistol at the pair.

He is next scheduled to appear in court Aug. 20.

Grace Pastoor

Grace Pastoor covers crime, courts and social issues for the Bemidji Pioneer. Contact her at (218) 333-9796 or

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