Ersland requesting commuted sentence

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Oklahoma pharmacist convicted of teen’s murder requesting commuted sentence

Posted 1:09 pm, April 16, 2018, by Lili Zheng


http://kfor.com/2018/04/16/oklahoma...of-teens-murder-requesting-commuted-sentence/


OKLAHOMA CITY — A former Oklahoma pharmacist will receive a rare hearing before the state’s parole board, requesting his life sentence be commuted.
Jerome Ersland is serving a life sentence after he was convicted of first-degree murder in May 2009 for the shooting death of 16-year-old Antwun Parker.
Parker died during a botched robbery that took less than one minute to unfold.
Ersland claimed he was trying to protect his store and his employees after two teens attempted to rob the Reliable Pharmacy.
However, a jury found that he went too far when he shot an unarmed Parker several times.
The jury recommended a life-with-parole sentence in this case, which launched a nationwide debate over the limits of self-defense.
This week, Ersland will receive a hearing before the five-member Oklahoma Pardon and Parole board. He is not eligible for parole until 2049 and is seeking a less severe sentence in a request for commutation.
 
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Assume he is the one that showed the video of the guy robbing his store and then the store owner shot him?
IMO his punishment was too harsh. If he has been in prison for 8 or 9 years then I hope he gets a parole (wow, not eligible for parole for another 31 years?).
 

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Assume he is the one that showed the video of the guy robbing his store and then the store owner shot him?
IMO his punishment was too harsh. If he has been in prison for 8 or 9 years then I hope he gets a parole (wow, not eligible for parole for another 31 years?).
He was offered a sweetheart deal by the DA that would have been minimal prison time and turned it down. Since he has been in jail he has been caught smuggling drugs. He put himself in there and then made it worse.
 
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He was offered a sweetheart deal by the DA that would have been minimal prison time and turned it down. Since he has been in jail he has been caught smuggling drugs. He put himself in there and then made it worse.
wasn’t aware of that detail.
 

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DA asks Oklahoma parole board to reject former pharmacist's request for time off murder sentence

by Nolan Clay Published: April 17, 2018 5:00 AM CDT Updated: April 17, 2018 5:00 AM CDT





Oklahoma County's district attorney said Monday a former pharmacist convicted of murder should not get out of prison early because it would send the wrong message.
"If he were to be released ... there would not be any deterrence to vigilante action," District Attorney David Prater told the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board.
Former pharmacist Jerome Jay Ersland is seeking a commutation of his life sentence for fatally shooting a 16-year-old robber. "Truly I acted in self-defense when I was surprised at work," he wrote in his application for relief.
Ersland, 66, will speak to the five-member board via video from prison Tuesday afternoon. The board will then vote on whether to recommend any time off.
Gov. Mary Fallin has the final say.
On Monday, the DA described for the board how Ersland shot an already wounded robber five more times after chasing another robber away.
The DA said Ersland grabbed a second gun, "calmly" walked over to Antwun Parker, leaned over and fired into the boy's chest five times from 18 inches away. He said Parker was unarmed, on the floor and unconscious from a shot to the head.

"Mr. Ersland likes to paint himself as a victim," Prater said. "That's not a victim. That's an executioner."
The DA's warning about sending the wrong message came during a spirited exchange between him and board member Kris Steele.
Steele is a former House speaker and now chairman of Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform. Steele questioned whether Ersland is a danger too society.
In his comments, Steele stressed that he agreed Ersland went too far and was in the wrong. But Steele also pointed out the former pharmacist served 14 years in the military and had no prior criminal record before the fatal shooting.
"Is he a threat to our community?" Steele asked. "If so, he should remain incarcerated. If not, I believe his sentence should be commuted. ... We could recommend that the sentence be commuted to 15 years, to 20 years. So there's a range. It's not just time served."
Prater said the former pharmacist deserved his punishment.
"He involved himself in vigilante justice," the DA said. "He wanted to be a hero."
The DA also said, "Yes, the release of Mr. Ersland would be a danger to society because it would send a message to others who would consider vigilante justice that there is no consequence. 'Sooner or later a board will let you out. Don't worry about it.'"
Prater pointed out to the board that Ersland repeatedly lied to police about what happened at the pharmacy and about his military service. He reminded board members that Ersland was caught in prison with contraband, the powerful painkiller fentanyl, in 2012.
The former pharmacist's arrest in 2009 and first-degree murder conviction in 2011 touched off debates across the country over his actions. Thousands signed petitions after his jury trial calling the verdict an outrage.
The key evidence against Ersland came from security cameras that recorded the shooting inside the Reliable Discount Pharmacy in south Oklahoma City.
Ersland complained in his application for commutation that he got a life sentence while the robber who got away only served three years. Prosecutors made a deal with the second robber, Jevontai Ingram, then 14, for his testimony against the two men who recruited him to do the crime.
Ingram was given a gun but fled the pharmacy without firing, according to testimony and the security cameras. He is now in prison for other offenses.
 

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I disagree with the DA here; 6+ years in prison is not nothing, so commuting his sentence now isn't going to green light vigilante justice. If the guy really smuggled drugs while in prison, then that should be what the DA uses to argue against this.
 

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I disagree with the DA here; 6+ years in prison is not nothing, so commuting his sentence now isn't going to green light vigilante justice. If the guy really smuggled drugs while in prison, then that should be what the DA uses to argue against this.
I agree that committing crime while serving time for committing crime is not good.

However, if he had not done that, it seems our system should have within it an ability to properly assess the mental state of a person like Ersland. Clearly, if he still really thinks he did nothing wrong, he should stay in jail. On the other hand, if time, counseling and reflection allowed him to see his errors, I don't see the point of taxpayers paying for him for the rest of his life.
 

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On the other hand, if time, counseling and reflection allowed him to see his errors, I don't see the point of taxpayers paying for him for the rest of his life.
He does not see any errors in his actions.

He's where he belongs.

He's likely to die in prison.