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Mother of robber killed in Oklahoma pharmacy to get money from lawsuit settlement

Woman sued south Oklahoma City pharmacy after pharmacist Jerome Ersland fatally shot her son during robbery. Insurance company paid to settle lawsuit.
by Nolan Clay Published: March 29, 2012
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A dead robber's mother has reached a confidential monetary settlement in her lawsuit against the south Oklahoma City pharmacy where her son was fatally shot.

The lawsuit was settled for at least $100,000, sources told The Oklahoman.

Cleta A. Jennings is getting 65 percent of the money left over after her attorneys are paid. The Oklahoma Department of Human Services will get the rest.

“I'm just glad it's over,” Jennings said Wednesday after a probate hearing over the settlement.

Jennings last year filed the wrongful-death lawsuit against pharmacist Jerome Ersland and his employer, Reliable Discount Pharmacy, in Oklahoma County District Court.

Ersland was found guilty of first-degree murder last year for fatally shooting Antwun Parker, 16, inside the pharmacy. Ersland is appealing his conviction.

The pharmacy's insurance company already has tendered the check to Jennings' attorneys, an attorney for the insurance company told a judge during the probate hearing.

Because of the secrecy surrounding the settlement, it was not known if the insurance company paid all of the settlement or if the pharmacy paid, too.

Ersland is serving a life sentence in prison. He did not pay any of the settlement and did not consent to it.

Parker and a friend, Jevontai Ingram, then 14, went into the Reliable Discount Pharmacy near closing time May 19, 2009, at the urging of two men. They had been told to ask for the prescription drug OxyContin.

The men gave Ingram a gun, according to testimony in the criminal case. Parker was unarmed.

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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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