Theodore Wafer sentenced to 17 years for the shooting death of Renisha McBride

Sep 3, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - A judge has sentenced a suburban Detroit man to 17 years in prison for killing an unarmed woman on his porch.

Renisha McBride
Renisha McBride
Credit McBride family

Theodore Wafer was sentenced Wednesday for the second-degree murder of Renisha McBride. Before sentencing, the 55-year-old Dearborn Heights man told the young woman's parents he was sorry for what happened during the early morning hours of Nov. 2.

Prosecutors recommended at least 17 years in prison for Wafer, including two years for unlawful use of a gun. During trial, he said he shot the 19-year-old because he feared for his life, but a jury rejected Wafer's claim of self-defense.

Defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter asked for as few as six years in prison.