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Stand your ground defense fails Michael Drejka, as the white Florida resident is sentenced to 20 years in prison for fatal shooting of unarmed black man in parking dispute

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The white Florida resident convicted of fatally shooting an unarmed black man during a dispute over a parking spot was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday.
Michael Drejka, described by a judge as a “wanna-be” law enforcement officer, had been found guilty of manslaughter by a jury in August in connection with last year’s shooting death of an unarmed 28-year-old Black man, Markeis McGlockton.

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He was given credit for three months already served.
Prosecutors say Drejka, 49, confronted McGlockton’s girlfriend outside a store in Clearwater on July 19, 2018. Drejka had admitted that he had a “pet peeve” about people abusing handicapped parking spaces.
Surveillance video showed McGlockton leaving the store and shoving Drejka to the ground. Drejka then pulled out a gun and shot McGlockton.
“I shoot to save my own ass, and that’s that,” Drejka told investigators after the shooting.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri initially would not arrest Drejka, saying the shooting was not a crime under the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which allows someone to use deadly force if they believe it necessary.

Markeis McGlockton 1Victim: Markeis McGlockton was shot to death last year in a dispute over a parking spot in front of pregnant girlfriend and his two toddlers
Michael Drejka shooting Markeis McGlockton.JPGMichael Drejka [kneeling] shot Markeis McGlockton [left, standing] outside a store following a dispute about a parking spot outside a store in Clearwater on July 19, 2018

Judge Joseph Bulone said he found it “ironic” that Drejka himself parked illegally before confronting the family.
“He just seems to come out of nowhere, kind of like a superhero, to see that he enforces the handicapped parking spot,” the judge said.
Three of the couple’s four young children were in the vehicle when the shooting took place. Girlfriend Britany Jacobs and witness Robert Castelli testified that McGlockton was backing up when he was shot.
A six-person jury in Pinellas County had deliberated for six hours before finding Drejka guilty earlier this year. Drejka did not testify during the trial.
A defense lawyer read a letter from Drejka’s wife in which she said her husband was not a bad person. She also wrote that many loved ones had received threats and stayed away from the courtroom.
Defense lawyers asked the judge to show leniency, but Bulone told the court that “I’m not really sure that I’ve heard any remorse.”
“There are no words to fully describe what his loss has done to our family,” Jacobs told the court. “Our youngest two children will never have memories of their daddy.”
McGlockton’s mother Monica Moore-Robinson added that her son “was loved by so many and because of you, Michael Drejka, my son is now a memory.”
“I don’t hate you, but I will never forgive you,” she said.

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