A metro teenager has pleaded guilty in connection with a botched pharmacy robbery that led to the fatal shooting of his friend.
Jevontia Ingram survived the robbery attempt at Reliable Pharmacy in May. Pharmacist Jerome Ersland fatally shot Antwun Parker, 16.
As part of a plea agreement with the district attorney's office, Ingram confessed to his role in the robbery. He pleaded guilty to charges of murder and conspiracy as a youthful offender, which will spare him a lengthy prison sentence. Instead, he will have an opportunity to be rehabilitated.
Ersland is charged with first-degree murder in connection with Parker's death and could face a life prison sentence. Prosecutors said he continued to fire shots at Parker even after he was incapacitated.
Ersland's attorney Irven Box said he believes Ingram got off easy. He said the plea deal was absurd.
"Keep in mind, he's pleading to a murder charge," Box said. "I think merchants and shop owners should be upset that someone who's actually committed an armed robbery and actually charged with murder is going to get considerably less time served."
Ingram will spend the next three years in a juvenile facility and will be eligible for release just after he turns 18. If he doesn't complete his rehabilitation plan, he could be transferred to prison to serve a life sentence.