Florida man gets 20 years in fatal parking lot shooting

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The State Attorney's Office in Pinellas County charged Michael Drejka with manslaughter in the shooting death of Markeis McGlockton on July 19. (Pinellas County Sheriff's Office)

A white Florida man who told detectives he was irritated by people who illegally park in handicapped spots has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man outside a convenience store.

Circuit Judge Joseph Bulone on Thursday called 49-year-old Michael Drejka a "wanna-be" law enforcement officer and a self-appointed "handicapped parking space monitor."

Jurors found Bulone guilty of manslaughter in August.

Drejka confronted Markeis McGlockton's girlfriend in July 2018 for parking in a handicapped space at a Clearwater convenience store. McGlockton had gone inside the store with his 5-year-old son.

Security video shows McGlockton leaving the store and shoving Drejka to the ground. Seconds later, Drejka pulls out a handgun and shoots the 28-year-old McGlockton as he backs away.