Lack of jail time for Uptown burglar upsets residents

23-year-old Oliver Jerde won't receive any prison time despite admitting to at least four home burglaries.

NEW ORLEANS - For nearly 29 years Ron Krugler has lived on Pine Street with his wife and 7-year-old dog Lila

"When we heard about this, my wife and I were both really surprised that it was like one block over from where we live in the area" said Krugler.

He's talking about  the actions of 23-year-old Oliver Jerde. Less than two weeks ago, Jerde plead guilty to four counts of simple burglary after being caught mid-robbery at a home in the 800 hundred block of Pine Street. 

Police say in most of the cases Jerde stole jewelry and clothes. That wasn't the case during an aggravated burglary in the 1000 block of Lowerline. Police say a woman reported waking up to a man with his hand over her mouth. After screaming and scaring him off she later realized that he had stolen a picture of her daughter from her bedroom.

"He deserves to go and be in prison and learn his lesson" said Charles Copetas, a student at Tulane university.

But he won't. After taking a deal with prosecutors, Jerde ended up with a 10-year suspended prison sentence and five years' probation.

Tulane student Nathlaie Clarke said "That seems a little bit out of proportion considering this guy like broke into people's homes and I mean that just does not seem fair at all.”

After a doctor diagnosed Jerde with bipolar and substance use disorders, he'll be serving part of that probation at a rehab center in Minnesota.

"That doesn't give the excuse that he shouldn't be in prison" said Copetas.

Living in the area where Jerde terrorized, Krugler agrees, Jerde deserves a harsher punishment.  

"From what he had done from my understanding I thought he would have had at least maybe five years in jail, some jail time. Probation seems like non-sense compared to the crimes that he was committing" said Krugler.

Jerde also had a DNA sample taken to see if he was involved in two rapes and a sexual battery case. an NOPD spokesperson said "his involvement in other cases remains under investigation."

(© 2016 WWL)


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