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

No sympathy

Ingram expressed no sympathy for Ersland.

“I don't like him,” Ingram said. “He just knew what he did. Then, he lied about a lot of things that he knew he did wrong and then he tried to hide the evidence about a lot of things.

“I think he deserved more than that.”

Witnesses said Ersland kept firing at Ingram outside the store. Ingram recalled hearing one bullet pass right by his ear while he was running.

Ingram said his gun wasn't loaded. He said he doesn't remember if he pulled on the trigger anyway inside the store. He smiled, though, as he recalled that he learned his “moves” — the way he held the gun inside the pharmacy — from the video game, “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.”

He said he now lives with an aunt and works part time at a restaurant. He has tried to enroll at an Oklahoma City high school but was rejected because of his record.

He said he plans to try to enroll at another high school, but his attorney urged him to pass a GED test and go on to college.

Ingram was in the eighth grade at the time of his 2009 arrest. He had been previously diagnosed as learning disabled, according to a psychological evaluation done while he was in custody.

The psychologist who examined Ingram reported Ingram scored 72 on an IQ test, “placing him overall in the borderline range of intellectual ability.”

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.

Youthful offender

Prosecutors made a deal to treat him a youthful offender in exchange for his cooperation against the two men who recruited him and Parker to rob the drugstore for them. Both men were convicted at their trial last year of first-degree murder in part because of his testimony.

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 during the crime.

He was placed at the maximum-security L.E. Rader Center in Sand Springs on Feb. 25, 2010, and 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.

Overall, he spent about three years locked up. “I regret taking the deal,” he said. “I shouldn't be doing this time. Some time, but not three years.”

His attorney said Ingram was upset because his treatment program took longer than expected because the L.E. Rader Center was shut down before he finished.

After his release, he lived with his father at first and had to wear an ankle monitor. The ankle monitor was taken off July 23.

A judge could have ordered Ingram to prison for a life term if he had failed a treatment plan in detention.

That still could happen if he violates the law in the next five months. “I ain't worried about it though because I ain't going to get in trouble,” he said.

If he does stay out of trouble for five more months, his conviction will be expunged from his record, his attorney said.


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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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