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Pharmacist Who Claimed Self-Defense Seeks Sentence Reduction

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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.

Jerome Ersland claimed he was acting in self-defense in the May 19, 2009, 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.

On Monday, the 66-year-old Ersland will ask the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board for a rare commutation of the life sentence. Prosecutors are expected to oppose the request, and the board's own investigator has recommended rejection. 

Legal experts say Ersland's actions morphed from self-defense to vigilantism and that there is little chance his sentence will be reduced.

READ ALSO: Jerome Ersland's Legal Team Files New Appeal

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