Mother Of Son Who Was Killed While Robbing Store Gets Settlement

Posted on May 2, 2012


Oklahoma (The Gaslamp Post) – Cleta Jennings, mother of a robber who was killed by his intended victim, receive a monetary settlement at the end of March.  According to the Oklahoman, Jennings had pursued a wrongful death suit against the pharmacy where her son was killed, as he and another juvenile, armed with a handgun, attempted to rob it in 2009.  Lt. Col. Dr. Jerome Jay Ersland, the pharmacist who opened fire on the two, was sentenced to life in prison for shooting and killing his intended assailant.  Antwun Parker, Jennings’ son, was only 16.

Image obtained from surveillance footage showing Antwun and his accomplice pointing gun at pharmacy workers.

Only in a world gone mad, does something like this happen.

A judge ruled that the pharmacy was liable for Antwun’s death and was ordered to pay Jennings.  Kwame Mumina, Jennings’ attorney told The Oklahoman, “I think it was a fair settlement for everybody.  It’s a difficult situation I think for everybody.  And, unfortunately, the only way to resolve some of these things is through the court system.  And that avenue was undertaken, not for any type of retribution or anything like that but simply because the justice system allows it,” said Mumina.

Cleta A. Jennings, mother of Antwun Parker. Photo Paul B. Southerland.

Jennings is expected to receive at least 65% of the settlement after lawyers fees.  The rest has been ordered to be turned over to the state Department of Human Services, because Parker’s father owes thousands in back child support.

Ersland’s new attorney, Doug Friesen, has taken his case pro bono, and is working to appeal the murder conviction.  “This man should not be in jail for the rest of his life. He thought he was defending his life and the lives of his co-employees,” said Friesen.  “This is a situation that needs to be addressed, if not me, who is going to do it?”

Lt. Col. and Dr. Jerome Jay Ersland. Convicted of defending himself and his coworkers on May 26, 2011.

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