A white Florida man who said he was irritated by people who illegally park in handicapped spots was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man outside a convenience store. Judge Joseph Bulone called Michael Drejka, 49, a “wanna-be” law enforcement officer and a self-appointed “handicapped parking space monitor,” The Associated Press reports. Jurors found Drejka guilty of manslaughter in August. Drejka confronted Markeis McGlockton’s girlfriend Britany Jacobs last year for parking in a handicapped space at a Clearwater convenience store. McGlockton had gone inside the store with his 5-year-old son to buy drinks.
Security video showed McGlockton leaving the store and shoving Drejka to the ground. , Drejka then pulled out a handgun and shot McGlockton, 28, as he backed away. Initially, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said he wouldn’t arrest Drejka, saying the shooting was not a crime under Florida’s “stand your ground” law, which allows someone to use deadly force if they believe it necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm. The security video, however, showed McGlockton appearing to step back and turn away as Drejka fired the shot, which struck McGlockton in the side. The judge said he found it ironic that Drejka illegally parked next to Jacobs’ car and then confronted her about parking illegally in a handicapped space.