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Convicted murderer Jerome Ersland pleads guilty to possession of contraband

Jerome Ersland, who is serving a life sentence for killing Antwun Parker, 16, during a robbery attempt at an Oklahoma City pharmacy in 2009, received two years more in prison Monday after he was found guilty of having fentanyl in prison.
by Nolan Clay Published: April 14, 2014

The attorney would not elaborate.

The attorney did explain why Ersland is in solitary confinement at the prison — saying it was for his own protection from inmates looking for revenge.

About the case

Ersland was the pharmacist on duty at Reliable Discount Pharmacy, 5900 S Pennsylvania Ave., when two robbers came in near closing time on May 19, 2009. He chased the one armed robber away and killed the second, unarmed robber.

Jurors at his trial agreed Ersland was in the wrong.

Prosecutors put on evidence that the second robber, Antwun Parker, 16, was unconscious and not moving on the floor from a head shot when Ersland got a second gun and fired five more shots into the boy’s body.

The key evidence against Ersland came from security cameras that recorded the shooting.

His pharmacist license expired after he went to prison in July 2011.

His son, Jeffrey Jay Ersland, 37, of Oklahoma City, pleaded no contest last year to a felony charge of bringing drugs into prison.

The son is on probation for two years.

He completed 25 hours of community service, paid $478.50 in court and other costs, and $960 in supervision fees, court records show.

A Corrections Department internal affairs agent reported the son admitted bringing in the patches.

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.”

The son will not have a criminal conviction for the offense if he completes his probation successfully.

Jerome Ersland wore a back brace while working as a pharmacist and had prescriptions before going to prison for a powerful morphine-based medicine.

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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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