Michael Drejka sentenced to 20 years in shooting death of Markeis McGlockton
PINELLAS COUNTY - Michael Drejka has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the shooting death of 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton in a dispute over a parking space in Clearwater, last year.
Drejka, 49, was convicted of manslaughter back in august in a trial that lasted only a few days.
The trial stemmed from a July 19th incident in Clearwater. authorities said Drejka shot and killed McGlockton during an argument over a handicapped parking spot at a convenience store.
McGlockton's girlfriend Britany Jacobs, 24, had parked in a handicapped parking spot outside the Circle-A Food Store and waited in the car for McGlockton and their 5-year-old son.
Drejka, who was bothered by her use of the handicap space, approached Jacobs and the two began arguing. Surveillance video shows McGlockton leave the store and push Drejka to the ground. Then Drejka took out his handgun and fired a single round at McGlockton, hitting him in the chest.
Just before sentencing, Judge Joseph Bulone said of the surveillance video, to "believe your own eyes" and added that he saw no remorse from Drejka.
"Mr. Drejka I'm going to find you guilty, I'm going to adjudicate you guilty, I'm going to sentence you to 20 years in the department of corrections with all credit for time served and I believe he has in 91 days, is that it? 92, your honor. 92 days, with credit for 92 days."
Drejka's attorneys will have thirty days to file an appeal.