Convicted murderer in Oklahoma City pharmacy case jailed again after mother reports car damage

Convicted murderer Jevontai Ingram, 18, is back in jail after his mother complained to police her car was damaged. Ingram spent three years in custody, mostly in juvenile detention, after he tried in 2009 to rob an Oklahoma City pharmacy and an accomplice was killed.
BY NOLAN CLAY nclay@opubco.com Modified: September 19, 2012 at 9:37 pm •  Published: September 19, 2012

Only four months after being released from juvenile detention, convicted murderer Jevontai Ingram has been locked up again.

Ingram, 18, of Oklahoma City, was jailed Friday after police reported his mother had accused him of purposely damaging her car. “He was humble and apologetic,” his attorney said.

Ingram spent three years in custody for his role in the botched robbery of a south Oklahoma City pharmacy in 2009. He pleaded guilty to murder because an accomplice died.

Ingram was freed in May while the former pharmacist who fatally shot his accomplice is serving a life term in prison.

The former pharmacist, Jerome Ersland, 60, was convicted at a trial last year of first-degree murder for shooting the wounded second robber five more times.

Thousands of supporters have signed petitions calling Ersland's conviction an injustice.

Ingram on Aug. 31 told The Oklahoman he was going to stay out of trouble. “I learned from my mistakes,” Ingram said.

“It's a tough situation,” his attorney, Michael Johnson, said Wednesday. “We've spent all this money to rehabilitate this kid and then we put him back in the same environment and around the same people who got him in trouble in the first place.”

The attorney said he hopes that being back in the Oklahoma County jail will get Ingram's attention. The attorney said Ingram has been doing well but should not be around his mother. The attorney said Ingram turned himself in after learning a judge had ordered his arrest.

Youthful offender

Ingram was sentenced under Oklahoma's youthful offender laws, which means he is on probation for five more months after his 18th birthday. He turned 18 on Aug. 24. Under the law, a judge can “bridge” a youthful offender into the adult prison system for even minor probation violations.

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said Wednesday he may ask a judge to order Ingram to prison. The prosecutor said he will decide after he looks at the evidence about the car damage and reviews such things as whether Ingram was meeting regularly with his probation officer.

“We're looking at everything,” Prater said.

Associate District Judge Richard Kirby could order Ingram to prison for as long as a life term. The judge is scheduled to see Ingram again Oct. 25.

Ingram also could be charged with a new felony, destruction of property.

Police reported his mother, Natasha Renee Ingram, 37, complained on Sept. 12 that Jevontai Ingram had kicked out the front and back windshields of her 2001 Buick and had stomped in the hood and roof.

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