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Remorseful man is sentenced to 18 years for shooting friend

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.