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Pharmacist who claimed self-defense seeks sentence reduction

 

April 15, 2018



OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma pharmacist is seeking a reduction of the life prison sentence he received for shooting a teenage would-be robber to death nine years ago, but legal experts say actions that many consider vigilantism leave little chance the request will be granted.

Jerome Ersland claimed he was acting in self-defense in the May 19, 2009, shooting death of 16-year-old Antwun Parker inside his store. But a jury convicted him of first-degree murder and recommended a life-with-parole sentence in a case that launched a nationwide debate over the limits of self-defense.

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