Rebecca Cook/Reuters

Rebecca Cook/Reuters

Theodore Wafer will serve 15 to 30 years for the fatal shooting of unarmed 19-year-old Renisha McBride.

Prior to his sentencing, Wafer apologized to McBride’s family. He said, “To the parents, family and friends of Renisha McBride I apologize from the bottom of my heart. I am truly sorry for your loss. I can only hope and pray that some how you can forgive me. My family and friends also grieve. From my fear, I caused the loss of a life that was too young to leave this world. And for that, I carry that guilt and sorrow forever. I only wish I could take this horrible tragedy back.

Judge Dana M. Hathaway told Wafer the state of Michigan has asked for a guideline sentence. She then said, “You’re going to be sentenced to two years for the felony firearm conviction, which will be consecutive to the murder in second-degree and the statutory manslaughter conviction.

Wafer will serve 15 to 30 years for second-degree murder conviction and seven to 15 years for statutory manslaughter.

Though Wafer’s attorney Cheryl Carpenter argued for a lesser sentence, the family of McBride was pleased with the outcome.

Last month, Wafer was convicted of second-degree murder and manslaughter of McBride for appearing on his doorstep in a Detroit suburb. Though Wafer claimed self-defense, a juror, who remain anonymous, revealed no one believed his conflicting stories.

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  • Jay

    I’m glad he was convicted of the murder of Renisha McBride, but I’m cynical where it concerns this country and white people. So, I wonder how much time he will serve until the “good white folk” of this country decide to cut their brother a break.

    • smdh

      The judge was sympathizing with the shooter rather than the person who lost her life. These are th judges words reported by NBC news.

      “I am confident that if you weren’t going to prison today, you would never commit another crime,” Judge Dana Margaret Hathaway told Wafer. “I fully recognize that you did not bring these circumstances to your doorstep. They arrived there. But once you did, you made the choices that brought you here today.”

      This only tells us what is to come and that they will cut him loose for “good behavior” in no time. Just watch!

    • 1989

      @smdh My jaw dropped when I saw those comments! WTF? Good thing for the jury because if it were up to her he’d be free.

  • noirluv45

    I’m so glad the family of Renisha got justice; however, like others, I feel they’ll cut him a break. He’s a good White man, according the lame judge, and I’m sure there are many more who feel more pity for this man than they do Renisha.

  • blogdiz

    I’m glad justice was served and this may seem controversial but I think he was acting more out of John Wayne cowboy mentality rather than say a racist vigilante Zimmerman who stalked and provoked the incident He also seems genuinely sorry not that, this will bring their daughter back .I just wish some of those other unrepentant killers could have gotten similar sentences , I almost(not quite ) feel sorry for him only because I think bad decision making more than racism got him in this position but feel sorry for McBrides family more as their baby girl is gone.

    • OSHH

      ITA with this comment, there is nothing wrong with feeling compassion for those who have done wrong and are truly remorseful. People really need to stop and think before they act and do not react off fear/emotion alone, esp when you are not in apparent danger.

  • Anthony

    If he were truly sorry, he would have apologized before he was convicted. I don’t recall him saying he made a mistake, and that he was sorry or killing Tenisha McBride before his conviction.

    On another note, it is disgusting to read the posts of white people who say that McBride is responsible for her death, and that Wafer should only serve community service! These same assholes want people in prison for killing damn dogs!

  • Yawnnnnnn serve your time. We ain’t tryna hear it #JusticeforRenisha