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Former OKC pharmacist convicted of murder passes first step in getting sentence reduced

Jerome Ersland

A former Oklahoma City pharmacist has passed the first step in getting his sentence reduced.

Jerome Ersland was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole on a first degree murder conviction after killing would-be robber Antwun Parker in May 2009 at Reliable Pharmacy. Surveillance video showed Ersland shooting and wounding Parker during the robbery and then returning to the pharmacy and firing five more shots into his body.

Ersland has been granted a hearing to explain why he thinks his sentence should be commuted. Of the 52 prisoners who requested a hearing last month, only Ersland made it to the second step.

He will get a hearing with the Pardon and Parole Board in April. If the board sides with him, the governor will still have the final say.

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