Mike Greer appeared in Erie County Court Monday morning to learn his official sentence for killing Michael Atkins.
He already is in a personal prison of remorse for having shot his friend.
Greer, 44, who pleaded guilty in April to first-degree manslaughter, was sentenced to 18 years in prison by Judge Sheila A. DiTullio.
The shooting was a now-familiar result of mixing alcohol and guns. The two men were drinking at Greer’s home on Orange Street a day before Greer’s birthday last Sept. 10 when they got into an argument.
Greer, who also goes by “Peanut,” became upset, pointed a gun at Atkins, who was 32, and shot him in the mouth. Greer was arrested eight days later and charged with second-degree murder.
Assistant District Attorney Gary W. Hackbush, who prosecuted the case, said the plea and sentence were reviewed by the victim’s family and they approved the conditions.