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.