Man Gets 17 Years for Killing Unarmed Teen on Porch

Theodore Wafer apologized to Renisha McBride's family
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 3, 2014 9:41 AM CDT
In this Aug. 4, 2014, file photo, Theodore Wafer, of Dearborn Heights, Mich., testifies in his own defense during his trial for the Nov. 2, 2013, killing of Renisha McBride in Detroit.   (Clarence Tabb Jr.)
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(Newser) – A judge has sentenced a suburban Detroit man to 17 years in prison for killing an unarmed woman on his porch. Theodore Wafer was sentenced today 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.

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