Jerome Ersland Sends Letter To News 9 Asking For Justice

Wednesday, September 19th 2012, 11:06 pm
By: News 9

A teen who held up pharmacist Jerome Ersland is back in jail Wednesday night, less than two months after getting out.

Jevontai Ingram, 18, was out on probation for murder until his own mother called police. The arrest comes about a week after Ersland sent News 9 a letter from prison asking that justice be served in his case.

Ingram is at the Oklahoma County Jail Wednesday night after violating his probation by allegedly vandalizing his mother's car. She filed a police report, but says the wrong person is behind bars.

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Two weeks ago Ingram said he wanted to be a probation officer. Last week his mom called police saying her son vandalized her car.

"It was a mistake. There was three kids involved. I don't know which one did it. So, that's it," said Ingram's mom Natasha Ingram. 

Ersland says when it comes to the pharmacy robbery he knows who is accountable. In a handwritten letter to News 9's Kelly Ogle, Ersland said, "I am imprisoned for life while the person who did initiate the crime is free. Attorney Doug Freesen (sic) isn't surprised Ingram is accused of re-offending."

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"If Jerome was let out of the penitentiary, you would not see him getting in trouble," said Friesen.

Meanwhile, the petition to free Ersland reached 30,000 signatures on Wednesday. Ersland himself is also looking for a release and ends his letter with:

"I am still hopeful justice will prevail in my case. Sincerely, Jerome Ersland DOC 641006"

Friesen points out, even if Ingram isn't convicted of vandalism charges, he could be sent to jail on his original plea.