A white Florida man who advised detectives he was irritated by individuals who illegally park in handicapped spots was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in jail for the deadly taking pictures of an unarmed black man exterior a comfort retailer.
Circuit Decide Joseph Bulone known as 49-year-old Michael Drejka a “wanna-be” legislation enforcement officer and a self-appointed “handicapped parking house monitor.”
Jurors discovered Drejka responsible of manslaughter in August. Drejka confirmed no emotion when the choose sentenced him.
Drejka confronted Markeis McGlockton’s girlfriend Britany Jacobs in July 2018 for parking in a handicapped house at a Clearwater comfort retailer. McGlockton had gone inside the shop together with his 5-year-old son to purchase drinks. Because the confrontation continued, a buyer went into the shop and alerted McGlockton.
Safety video exhibits McGlockton leaving the shop and shoving Drejka to the bottom. Seconds later, Drejka pulls out a handgun and shoots the 28-year-old McGlockton as he backs away.
Initially, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri mentioned he wouldn’t arrest Drejka, saying the taking pictures was not a criminal offense beneath the state’s ‘stand your floor’ legislation, which permits somebody to make use of lethal drive in the event that they consider it crucial to forestall loss of life or nice bodily hurt.
A safety video from the shop, nevertheless, exhibits McGlockton showing to step again and switch away as Drejka fires the shot, which strikes McGlockton within the aspect.
McGlockton’s household employed a lawyer and held a information convention demanding justice, whereas U.S. Sen. Invoice Nelson requested the U.S. Division of Justice to analyze. Authorities later determined to cost Drejka.
The choose mentioned he discovered it most ironic that Drejka drove up, illegally parked subsequent to Jacobs’ automotive after which confronted her about parking illegally in a handicapped house.
“He simply appears to return out of nowhere, form of like a superhero, to see that he enforces the handicapped parking spot,” Bulone mentioned.
Jacobs, together with McGlockton’s mother and father, spoke earlier than the sentencing.
“There aren’t any phrases to completely describe what his loss has accomplished to our household,” mentioned Jacobs, who had 4 kids with McGlockton. “Our youngest two kids won’t ever have reminiscences of their daddy.”
Protection legal professional Theresa Jean-Pierre Coy learn a letter from Drejka’s spouse wherein she defended her husband, saying he was not a nasty particular person. She additionally wrote that she and different household and pals had obtained threats and determined to avoid the courtroom.