Michael Drejka sentenced to 20 years for killing man in dispute over parking space

Pinellas County

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Michael Drejka has been sentenced 20 years for killing a man during a dispute over a parking space in Clearwater.

The sentence was handed down around 11:43 a.m.

A judge gave him 20 years in the Department of Corrections with credit for time already served, 92 days.

Drejka has 30 days to appeal the sentencing.

On Aug. 23, a jury in Pinellas County found Drejka guilty of manslaughter after more than six hours of deliberations. The trial was expected to take two weeks but only lasted a few days.

Drejka has been in custody since the verdict came down.

The trial stemmed from a July 19, 2018 incident in Clearwater. Authorities said Drejka shot and killed 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton during an argument over a handicapped parking spot at a Clearwater convenience store.

Markeis McGlockton
Markeis McGlockton. (Family handout)

McGlockton’s girlfriend Britany Jacobs, 24, had parked her 2016 Chrysler 2000 in a handicapped parking spot outside the Circle A Food Store on Sunset Point Road and waited in the car while her boyfriend McGlockton took their 5-year-old son into the store, authorities said.

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 forcibly push Drejka to the ground. Then Drejka took out his handgun and fired a single round at McGlockton, hitting him in the chest.

McGlockton was rushed to Morton Plant Hospital, where he later died.

“Today’s sentence finally brings some closure and a measure of justice to the family and loved ones of Markeis McGlockton. His three children suffered the unimaginable pain of seeing their father gunned down in cold blood, and now they will grow up without his love and presence,” said civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump. “Michael Drejka tried to hide behind a stand your ground defense, and will now have to pay the penalty for extinguishing an innocent life. This sentence is an affirmation that Markeis’s life mattered and the justice system will hold his killer accountable.”

Days after being convicted, Drejka filed a motion for a new trial, his attorney John Trevena said. A judge denied that request.

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