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Ersland Found Guilty of First Degree Murder (May 26, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A jury has convicted an Oklahoma City pharmacist once hailed as a hero after shooting a robbery suspect to death during a 2009 robbery, and recommended life in prison.

Jerome Ersland was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of 16-year-old Antwun Parker after the boy and another teenager tried to rob his drug store in south Oklahoma City.

Defense lawyers said Ersland had a right to protect himself and his workers.

Prosecutors said Ersland became an "executioner" when he shot Parker five times in the abdomen after initially knocking Parker over with a shot to the head.

A coroner's report said the later shots actually killed the teenager.

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