Renisha McBride's Killer Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison

Today Theodore Wafer, the man who killed 19-year-old Renisha McBride in November 2013, received his...


Today Theodore Wafer, the man who killed 19-year-old Renisha McBride in November 2013, received his sentence.


Michigan Live reports:

Theodore "Ted" Wafer, a Dearborrn Heights man whom a jury found guilty of second-degree murder Aug. 7 for the porch-killing of 19-year-old Renisha McBride of Detroit, has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.

The sentencing guidelines called for Wafer to spend between 17 and 27 years in prison, which includes a mandatory two years for felony use of a firearm.



Wafer is accused of shooting 19-year-old Renisha McBride when she appeared on his front porch last November about. Wafer said he feared it was multiple home invaders attempting to enter and potentially kill him. He unlocked his front door and shot McBride through the locked screen door when she appeared just feet away.

"I believe you acted out of some fear, but mostly anger and panic," said Hathaway to Wafer at the sentencing. "When Renisha McBride needed help, she met her death."

He was charged with second-degree murder, meaning the jury believes Wafer intentionally killed McBride or inflicted great bodily harm resulting in death. He's also been found guilty of manslaughter for aiming a firearm at a person resulting in death.

Second-degree murder carries a sentence of up to life in prison. The manslaughter charge is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr.

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