LARGO — Clearwater parking lot shooter Michael Drejka was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison for the shooting death of Markeis McGlockton.
The sentence came during an emotional hearing about six weeks after a jury convicted Drejka of manslaughter.
Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Joseph Bulone heard from relatives of the killer and victim before issuing his sentence.
A letter from Drejka’s wife, Cara, read in court, asked for leniency and called him a “kind, loving, caring hard-working supportive man.”
McGlockton’s family asked for the maximum sentence of 30 years.
“Markeis was loved by so many and because of you, Michael Drejka, my son is now a memory,” said McGlockton’s mother, Monica Moore-Robinson.
“I don’t hate you, but I will never forgive you.”
Bulone described a lengthy analysis in arriving at 20 years for the sentence, at one point echoing attorneys for McGlockton’s family in calling Drejka a “wannabe law enforcement officer.”
He highlighted evidence including Drejka’s lengthy interview with detectives, witness testimony and the surveillance video that captured the July 19, 2018, shooting outside a Clearwater convenience store.