Former pharmacist convicted of murder denied early release

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma pharmacist convicted of murder in the shooting death of an unarmed robber has been denied early release.

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted 3-2 Tuesday to deny the commutation request by Jerome Ersland, who won't be eligible for parole for another 30 years, The Oklahoman reported.

"He is a man who has a lot of hope," Kendall Sykes, attorney for Ersland, said. "I wouldn't be one bit surprised to see him back here some time."

The 66-year-old expressed remorse before the board voted, saying he wishes he "could go back and not do it."

"I think about t...


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