I think we’ve all been around people – especially at work, who are functional and competent at their job, but everyone gets a sense that they’re “not all there”. Listening to Ersland’s interrogation – I get the feeling he has some cognitive or emotional problems or both – he’s just not all there. He would have been much better off trying a totally different defense. I don’t think he’d have a problem convincing a jury that he’s mentally defective and was temporarily insane when he shot that kid. He might have gotten a different sentence.
Ersland will be OK, he’ll end up working in the pharmacy in a federal prison. He’ll probably be a little sad because he won’t be able to play with guns anymore, but he’ll get by…