Pharmacist Gets Life in Prison for Killing Teen During Robbery

To the left, Antwun Parker. To the right, Jerome Ersland.

By JasmineHughes

Was it self-defense or an act of unnecessary violence? That’s the question many are asking in a case involving an Oklahoma pharmacist.  Fifty-nine-year-old Jerome Ersland has been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole for first-degree murder in the shooting death of a teenager who tried to rob the south Oklahoma City pharmacy where he worked.

Ersland, maintaining his plea of self-defense, had no reaction and said nothing as the sentence was handed down. While exiting the courtroom, he responded to a reporter’s shouted question by calling the sentence “an injustice of a monumental proportion.”

The actions under question took place in May of 2009 with the shooting of 16-year-old Antwun Parker. Confronted by two holdup men, Ersland pulled a gun, shot one of them in the head and chased the other away. Then, in a scene recorded by the drugstore’s security camera, he went behind the counter, got another gun, and pumped five more bullets into Parker as he lay on the floor unconscious.

At the trial, prosecutors argued that it was those five bullets that crossed Ersland into the wrong. Ersland contended that he was defending himself and two co-workers from a robber who still posed a threat. Outraged by this decision thousands of supporters have reportedly signed petitions pushing Gov. Mary Fallin to pardon the pharmacist, or ease his sentence. The final decision still holds, no word yet on the impact Ersland’s supporters are having.

 

  • Rottwire71

    Honestly, I don’t blame the hard-working man that was minding his own business.  Unfortunately, it appears that it is always the wrong people who are being victimized by violent criminals and unjustly tried and sentenced by the notorious harlot, Laady Justice.

    • BlkG8r

      Have you seen the video?  It is disgusting!  The boy no longer posed a threat as he lay lifeless on the floor, yet the pharmacist grabbed another gun & started shooting the rest of the life out of that little boy.  I think the sentence is fair!

      • Cpmamamia

        No doubt, that pharmacist crossed the line with the second shooting…….

      • Arareorchid

        I totally agree. Jury made the correct finding. There was no longer a threat to hi, should have just called police at that point.

      • Autochthon

        It is disgusting. It is equally disgusting that the boy put himself in that position. How many black people has he robbed? How many of his neighbors houses has he broken into when they go to work?

  • http://twitter.com/ddiamond61 Dawn N. McKenzie

    Wow, I am speechless for so many reasons on so many levels.

  • http://twitter.com/mer1maid Nancy Ellis

    I am sorry that young man lost his life, but he should not have been robbing that store.

  • Julius Larry

    If the robbers had killed the pharmacist and received a life sentence, would this article even be here?  The second shooting is what got the pharmacist a life sentence that will be overturned, in all likelihood.

  • Julius Larry

    If the robbers had killed the pharmacist and received a life sentence, would this article even be here?  The second shooting is what got the pharmacist a life sentence that will be overturned, in all likelihood.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RQCMOJ67FZQ4GDKGE2BMOG7NKU Paul

    I don’t care if the boy had been rendered helpless. Jacked up nerves and a rush of adrenaline would’ve caused me to unload another gun into that kid, too. Black America  coddles criminals far too much. We put up with this nonsense to our detriment. No more of this: ” Well, when white people sell drugs or hold up stores they get less time” trash. Who gives a sh–? We have to hold our people to a higher standard. I’m sorry the kid was killed, but better he lie in a coffin that rob me or someone in my family. Screw all Negro criminals. We should take the law into our own black hands and execute every one of them.

    • Altha Cutright

      Are you a criminal or maybe somebody in your family?

    • Lisa

      Ok Paul you got a little carried away but I’m with you–time to stop making excuses for these kids committing crimes.  The biggest problem is that they are the ones who make all the rest of young sons unsafe in this world!

      Furthermore, ok so we get more time if convicted, are more often are convicted, etc, well the answer to that is not to complain that we get less time or white folks get more time, the answer IS TO NOT GET YOURSELF INVOLVED IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTCE SYSTEM! Geez.

      We more likely NOT to be hired when we come up against a white applicant but does that mean you don’t apply for any jobs. Uh NO.  There has always been a certain unfairness in the system, black people have dealt with this for decades but we’ve succeed in spite of that by working harder–and not giving the system a stick to beat you over the head with! Involving yourself in criminal activity is giving them a big gigantic stick to hit you over the head with and they are going to use it to smash you- so uh don’t do it. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GM5HGMLQJ3SX2LRL65EG6P5KKA Dion

      Damn Right Paul.

  • Deonn76

    People!! He shot him in the head!  Then with no fear got ANOTHER gun pumped 5 more into the dead kid!  If that was your son or daughter you wouldn’t think this way! Every teenage kid has done something real stupid in their life.

    • Lisa

      I’m sorry that is some crazy thinking you’re trying to pass off as reasonable–a crazy teenage thing is not the same as a robbery! And no every teenager doesn’t commit a robbery!  Stop making excuses–kids like this are the ones that make it dangerous for everybody else’s black teenage son!

      Did he cross a line by coming back and shooting him 5 more times, probably but doest that arise to first degree murder, absolutely not in my book because the entire shooting was provoked by the kids actions–he could very easily still been in the state of mind from having been robbed so that’s at most voluntary manslaughter in my book.

      • God’s child

        What Deonn76 says I agree.  If you think it is ok to kill somebody because of your fear, then you have a problem also with heart.

    • Autochthon

      That is going two nor three steps beyond stupid. The pharmacist got what he deserved; but we need to stop making excuses for our boys and men who engage in criminal activity and save our outrage for innocent victims of police brutality and racism.

    • Corruptcopsrusnorthdakota

      I SHOULD HOPE THE KID SHOULDN’T HAVE TRIED TO ROB THE POOR PHARMACIST, WHY WOULD THE VICTIM OF A CRIME BE CHARGED AT ALL?

  • Lisa

    Sorry, I’m not buying this one.  I cannot see how that is first degree murder. Sure I get that he crossed a line when he got another gun and shot the teen again but heck he was probably still reacting to the initial robbery and or afraid they’d come back and retaliate; thus,  that looks like at most voluntary manslaughter because he went to far. But come on they originally  came in to rob him and I for one have zero sympathy for the dead 16 year old he was there to commit a robbery-come on people raise your kids!

    • Kingjames1914

      Then you are crazy, he shot the kid in the head which immobilized him he had no right to shoot the kid 5 other times. Had that been a black person he would have gotten the death penalty

  • Nothing But The Truth

    For one of the few times in the racist history of this racist country, the so-called criminal justice system may have gotten it right! White people, and especially white men, have always “enjoyed the privilege” of shooting and killing our African-Amercan/Black men at will. With the advent of more African-American/Black judges, attorneys, and juries, we can now hope to have some of these atrocities averted.

    Too often in these times this white man could have shot this young boy, like he did in this case, and would have been celebrated rather than arrested,  charged, found guilty, and sentenced to the appropriate prison time. Those days must be put in our past! We, as a people, must fight unceasingly to defend and support our Children, our Women, our Elders, and our community.

    • Autochthon

      We cannot place all of our trust in the system. We need to own guns, too.

  • guest1

    stupid nigger shouldn’t of robbed the store. I would had shot his black ass too

    • Natalie

      WOW! You are soooooo out of line with this comment I am embarassed for you right now.

    • Sjm

      Dumb Ass

  • Autochthon

    We should have our own drug stores and grocery stores and movie theaters. We should be able to conduct all of our business and live our lives and not have to interact with any white people. If this was the case there would be fewer unemployed young black men. There would be fewer young black men in prison. This is what integration hath wrought. Because of stories like this which are going to be coming more frequently there is going to be a white backlash.

    • Natalie

      So you’re voting for self segregation? Wow! That’s a step back.

    • Alfadog

      Really hope the white community does take a stand, we have been taught and told our entire lives too feel sorry for the poor blacks and the injustice they have been delt. NO MORE that black kid got what he had comming and i hope more of that takes place, white people need to take back our country. Where would the world be with out whites, blacks couldn’t even get a concept of a wheel.

    • Alfadog

      Really hope the white community does take a stand, we have been taught and told our entire lives too feel sorry for the poor blacks and the injustice they have been delt. NO MORE that black kid got what he had comming and i hope more of that takes place, white people need to take back our country. Where would the world be with out whites, blacks couldn’t even get a concept of a wheel.

    • Alfadog

      Really hope the white community does take a stand, we have been taught and told our entire lives too feel sorry for the poor blacks and the injustice they have been delt. NO MORE that black kid got what he had comming and i hope more of that takes place, white people need to take back our country. Where would the world be with out whites, blacks couldn’t even get a concept of a wheel.

    • Alfadog

      Really hope the white community does take a stand, we have been taught and told our entire lives too feel sorry for the poor blacks and the injustice they have been delt. NO MORE that black kid got what he had comming and i hope more of that takes place, white people need to take back our country. Where would the world be with out whites, blacks couldn’t even get a concept of a wheel.

  • Missopine

    I am in great sympathy with the pharmacist but I do agree that he has committed a crime of “atrocity”; he atrocitized the body.  In modern times we talk a lot about unnecessary force: A man was arrested in a nearby county because while he was barbquing in his back yard, a recently released prison inmate came into his house and was  headed into the bedroom where his wife lay sleeping and he saw the robber in a mirror.  He got a baseball bat.  The robber ran down the street; the man chased him and caught him and polverized the robber with that bat.  He did not kill him but he put him in the hospital for a long time.  They arrested the man with the baseball bat and did not charge the robber.  The people demanded the release of the husband.

    In Oakland a group of BART policemen had taken into custody and innocent bystander during a melee in the BART station.  Suddenly another BART cop showed up, took his pistol out for no known reason and shot the young fellow lying on the floor with his face down, his hands cuffed in his back and his feet tied.  The cop did not get life.  That’s a miscarriage of justice and it probably occurred because of politics and the cop had very rich friends.

    So…a separate crime was committed by the pharmacist: atrocitizing a body.

  • Missopine

    Good job, Miss Penn.  You are a beautiful girl who did this reading well.  I hope you continue to do these dramatic presentations..  THANK YOU.
    –A ‘Penn’ myself

  • Blackwomenresponseteam

    I was all for  the pharmacist until i read about the last five shot’s. , that was murder. White is not always right.

  • Vernonvb7

    All the people who commented should brush up on the law. A person lying unconscious on the floor regardless of race poses no threat unless he is superhuman. The audacity to then get a shotgun and shoot the person five more times is wrong by any standard. But racism is still prevalent here in 2011. Justice prevailed.   

  • God’s child

    Regardless, what  thatkid did, He doesn’t have the right to kill him,  That is why we have courts, judges, lawyers and jurys, to decided the faith of a person that do the things this kid did.  That pharmicist, out what he deserve for killing that kid.  I don’t care how mad we was about what the kid did.  That pharmicest is not God, he can’t give life and he has not right to take it.  That is god’s task, and he will be judge by God, because there will be another time, for him when Jesus come to judge all of us, for the things we have done or doing with hate or wrong motives in  your hearts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Frances-Caldwell/1001986350 Frances Caldwell

    JUSTICE PREVAILED!!!  That young man was no longer a threat to him or his co-workers, that was pure racisim and hate.

    • Rbreinc

      It was not racism. The pharmacist did not choose the race of the person who came in with a gun and chose to rob him. Tired old race card being played again. I think he would have shot a white, hispanic or asian who pulled a gun on him too.

  • Anonymous

    The pharmacist deserved to go prison, but I totally agree that it’s time for black boys and men to stop victimizing America’s citizens of all races. I’m black a female, at age 50 I was robbed at gun point by 3 BLACK men. I was walking in my own “hood”, and I have NO DOUBT that they would have shot me dead if I had resisted them.  

     

  • Kym

    Well I can say I personally would have done the same thing, I was “almost” robbed but I fought back I was battered and bruised behind it (29 stitches to the face and 13 staples in my head), but I am alive and I kept my stuff and before you say I should have just given him my stuff, I offered to give him whatever he wanted, but he tried to tie me up and it wasn’t going down like that…if I could have got my hands on anything I would have beat his black a$$ to death and that is real talk….if I could have got to my gun I would have l unloaded them all on him…so I can understand where he came from…I didn’t see the tapes of this incident and neither did anyone else on this thread for that matter and until you have been robbed or someone has attempted to rob you, you can not say what you would or wouldn’t do…

  • Ronin64

    I’m OK with “keep pumping until the threat is ended,” but its not “self defense” when you depart, return, reload/rearm, and then pump “bonus rounds” into an unconcious human…at that point there’s no threat…1st degree deserved. 

    My heart goes out to Mr. Erstlund for his poor judgement under the influence of adrenalin, but even when one righteously takes up a weapon certain civilized obligations apply.  
      
    I’m not crying for the “child” Antwun either…join in corrupt violence (armed robbery), one reaps what one sows.  He was a cowardly animal deserving of a punk’s  death.  The family or community “crocodile tears” only highlight that they failed to impart a proper moral compass; the feigned indignation now fails to exuse prior moral negligence.

  • Jacqueline

    It’s sad that this young boy lose his life but if  Mr.Ersland hadn’t shot him he would have killed him. Yes it was overkill but he was probably afraid. Someone broke into my house a few years back and if I had of caught that person or persons I would have emptied my gun on them. We have to stop making excuses for these juveniles!!!!

  • Flowerpot1231

    Over-kill. When you got the young man down, that should-of been enough. 

  • Kingjames1914

    Everyone here is talking like the kid should have been shot. I wonder what everyone would have said if this were a black man who shot a white kid in the head once and then the chest 5 times afterward. This kid should not have gotten shot an additional 5 times and i am happy this guy got life in prison. Murder is murder i don’t care what the crime especially after you immobilized the kid with the shot in the head: Thank the jury for seeing that.

  • Jrice

    He shot the kid in the head, yes. It also states that the kid was still alive at that point, does it not?? It specifically states that the other 5 bullets are the ones that killed him. What if that perp WAS moving around on the floor, after being shot in the head?? It’s happened before. This man was not going to leave the store to go secure the outside, without making sure that nothing was going to happen to the girls in the back. He went a little overboard, yes, but wouldn’t you if you saw someone you just shot IN THE HEAD still moving? That would freak me out. What got this man in trouble are his words, not his actions. I don’t think thats fair, but thats why you should let your actions speak louder than your words. His actions were loud enough.

  • guest

    My adrenaline wouldve be off the charts, theres no telling what I would do if two people robbed my store that takes care of my kids and there kids and im black. He pulled the trigger but its somebody else’s fault that 16 year old kid was in that position in the first place, shouldve got manslaughter or 2nd degree.

  • not born yesterday

    saying he was immobilized, reminds of when people say  ” why could’nt the police shoot the gun out of his hand or , why not just shoot him in the leg” too much t.v., you dont know what a person on the ground or injured is capable of until they get up and do it!
    agreed he should’nt have shot him 5 more times, but he did not ask to be robbed and have a gun pointed at him! If the kid had gotten up and killed the pharmacist, it would have been  too bad for him then, I guess. If you where’nt there then you are just guessing what you would have done.
    he should have gotten manslaughter but not life. It was not premeditate, and the kid was by no means an innocent victim. 

  • not born yesterday

    saying he was immobilized, reminds of when people say  ” why could’nt the police shoot the gun out of his hand or , why not just shoot him in the leg” too much t.v., you dont know what a person on the ground or injured is capable of until they get up and do it!
    agreed he should’nt have shot him 5 more times, but he did not ask to be robbed and have a gun pointed at him! If the kid had gotten up and killed the pharmacist, it would have been  too bad for him then, I guess. If you where’nt there then you are just guessing what you would have done.
    he should have gotten manslaughter but not life. It was not premeditate, and the kid was by no means an innocent victim.