Convicted murderer Jerome Ersland charged with contraband possession in prison

Former Oklahoma City pharmacist Jerome Ersland was charged Monday with possessing contraband in prison. His son, Jeffrey Jay Ersland, was charged with bringing contraband into the prison.
by Nolan Clay Modified: February 11, 2013 at 10:22 pm •  Published: February 11, 2013

“I had offender Ersland show me what was in his pocket and he gave me two transparent transdermal Fentanyl patches.”

The corporal reported he took the patches to the prison's medical area and was told there that “they were stronger than morphine.”

A Corrections Department internal affairs agent reported Jeffrey Ersland twice admitted in phone calls to bringing in the patches.

In the first phone call, Nov. 26, the son told a prison captain “he knew what he had done was wrong and … he knew he would be in trouble for what he had done,” according to the agent's affidavit.

The internal affairs agent, Ryan Kinsey wrote he personally talked to the son on the phone Nov. 30. The agent wrote the son “stated that he made a mistake and was scared and had done this because he wanted to help his dad because he is in so much pain.”

Pharmacy robbery

Jerome Ersland was the only pharmacist on duty at the Reliable Discount Pharmacy when two robbers came in near closing time on May 19, 2009. He chased one armed robber away and killed the second, unarmed robber.

Prosecutors said the second robber, Antwun Parker, 16, was unconscious and not moving on the floor from a head shot when Jerome Ersland got a second gun and fired five more shots into the boy's body. An Oklahoma County jury rejected his claim that he was defending himself and two female co-workers.

Jerome Ersland wore a back brace while working as a pharmacist.

He had been prescribed powerful morphine-based medicine, records show.

After the shooting, he told police detectives that one of his vertebrae got fractured into thirds during an artillery attack in Iraq in the first Gulf War.

Military records, however, showed he actually had been at an air force base in Oklahoma — not in combat in Iraq — during the war in 1991.

Also, X-rays taken in the Oklahoma County jail showed none of his vertebrae were fractured.

His pharmacist license expired after he went to prison.


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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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