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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 Modified: September 19, 2012 at 9:37 pm •  Published: September 19, 2012

Police reported Natasha Ingram said Jevontai Ingram “and his little brother were arguing over girls.” Police reported she said he became upset when she told him she was not getting involved.

Natasha Ingram told The Oklahoman on Wednesday she has informed prosecutors she does not want to press charges. She said she does not know which of her three sons actually damaged her car.

She claims she did not directly accuse Jevontai Ingram of damaging the car, but police officers assumed it was him because of his record. Prater said he is aware she no longer wants a charge filed but “that's not her decision to make now.”

Pharmacy robbery

Ingram was 14 at the time of the May 19, 2009, robbery attempt at the Reliable Discount Pharmacy.

In surveillance recordings, Ingram can be seen wearing a mask and pointing a handgun inside the drugstore.

Ingram fled when Ersland pulled out a gun and began firing, the recordings show.

Ersland shot the second robber, Antwun Parker, 16, in the head as the boy pulled on a mask inside the store, according to the recordings. He then chased after Ingram, who ran outside. Ersland then came back inside the store, got a second gun and shot Parker five more times.

Prosecutors contended Ersland went too far when he shot Parker again because the unarmed robber by then was unconscious from the head wound and not moving on the floor.

Ingram was arrested a week after the robbery attempt. He was held in the Oklahoma County jail and then the Oklahoma County Juvenile Detention Center.

Prosecutors made a deal to treat him as a youthful offender in exchange for his cooperation against the two men who recruited him to rob the drugstore for them.

Both men were convicted at their trial last year of first-degree murder.

Under his deal, Ingram pleaded guilty on Jan. 8, 2010, to first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. He was charged under Oklahoma's “felony murder” law, which allows a robber to be charged with murder if an accomplice dies.

He was placed at the maximum-security L.E. Rader Center in Sand Springs on Feb. 25, 2010, then transferred June 8, 2011, to the Southwest Oklahoma Juvenile Center in Manitou.

He was placed at a group home on Oct. 17, 2011, and was released from there May 17.


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