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Oklahoma City teen who robbed Jerome Ersland's pharmacy is no longer in custody

Jevontai Ingram, the gun-pointing robber in the Jerome Ersland case, says he wants to go to college and become a probation officer. Ersland, 60, a former Oklahoma City pharmacist, meanwhile, is serving a life sentence in prison for killing the second robber, Antwun “Speedy” Parker, 16.
by Nolan Clay Published: September 4, 2012

Convicted murderer Jevontai Ingram is free, less than four years after he and a friend tried to rob a south Oklahoma City drugstore and his friend was fatally shot by a pharmacist there.

Ingram was 14 at the time of the May 19, 2009, stickup. Now 18, he has completed his time in juvenile detention.

Former pharmacist Jerome Ersland, 60, meanwhile, is serving a life sentence in prison for killing the second robber, Antwun “Speedy” Parker, 16.

In an interview Friday at his attorney's office, Ingram said he wants to go to high school and then college to play basketball. Eventually, he said, he wants to become a probation officer.

“That's what I want to do,” he told The Oklahoman. “I want to help people that's locked up.”

He said he isn't bothered what the public thinks.

“I don't worry about what they talk about,” he said. “I just do me.”

He said he learned a lot from being in juvenile detention such as not to “follow behind people that you know are going to get you in trouble.”

“I learned from my mistakes. There's more things for me to look forward to than to getting in trouble and worrying about what other people talking about,” he said.

Low profile

His attorney, Michael Johnson, reminded him during the interview to keep a low profile and told him to delete his Facebook page. His attorney would not allow Ingram to pose for a photograph.

Ingram acknowledged that he may have to move out of state because of the publicity surrounding the case. Thousands have signed petitions critical of Ersland's conviction

“I am going to leave Oklahoma, whenever I get my money up,” he said at one point in the interview.

Ingram said that he no longer thinks about what happened.

“I try not to let that stuff get to me. Well, it don't get to me. I put it out of my head,” he said. “When it first happened, they (memories) just kept playing over and over and over. And, then, eventually it just started fading away.”

The robbery

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

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

Ersland shot the second robber, Parker, 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. He then came back inside the store, got a second gun and shot Parker five more times.

Prosecutors at Ersland's trial last year contended he 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.

A jury agreed, finding Ersland guilty of first-degree murder.

Ersland admitted to the shooting. His trial attorneys said Ersland courageously defended himself and two female co-workers. Ersland did not testify.

Hurting Ersland's case was that he had made multiple statements about what happened that did not match what can be seen on the surveillance recordings. His pharmacy 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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