MANATEE -- Danny Waiters Jr. on Thursday morning pled no contest to the murder of Paul Grieco on New Year's Day.
Grieco, 19, was shot outside a Chevron gas station, 1832 Manatee Ave. E., at about 8:30 p.m. He later died from his injuries at Manatee Memorial Hospital.
Waiters was sentenced to 22 years in prison followed by three years of probation after he pled no contest to a charge of second-degree murder with a firearm.
Greico's mother, Doreen Grieco, was in the courtroom.
"They stole my boy and I miss him so much," she said outside the courthouse afterwards. "This is something a mother never gets over."
Waiters did not make any statements to the Grieco's family in court.
"As far as Danny Waiters, he has no remorse," Grieco said.
Thursday's sentencing offered the grieving mother little relief.
"I will never have relief," Grieco said.
Waiters, 18, was arrested on Jan. 3 while codefendant Jimmy Rivers, 16, turned himself in on Jan. 11.
Conditions of Waiters probation will be that he testify in the case against Rivers and that he pay restitution to Grieco's family.
Waiters will serve a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison, before he becomes eligible for parole.
Rivers is set to stand trial Jan. 21.
Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter