A jury of 7 men and 5 women convicted Theodore Wafer of second-degree murder, manslaughter and felony firearm in the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Renisha McBride on his front porch.
“He wants to tell the McBride family that he is so sorry for taking their loved one’s life,” his attorney Cheryl Carpenter said.
Assistant Prosecutor Athina Siringas said Wafer has tried to attack the victim. “We all face choices and we all make decisions,” she said. She also said “The jury has spoken and they have said that his actions amount to murder in the second degree”.
Cheryl Carpenter, Wafer’s attorney, said her client is 55 years old. “If you give him 17 years it’s a life sentence, your honor”. She asked the judge to depart from sentencing guidelines.
“He didn’t go out looking for this, it came to him,” Carpenter said. She said the choice doesn’t define who Wafer is as a person. Cheryl Carpenter became emotional while addressing the court as she asked for mercy for Theodore Wafer.
Wafer did address the court. The family of Renisha McBride felt he had no remorse and that his apology was fake in statements that they made outside of court.
Judge Hathaway sentenced Theodore Wafer to serve a minimum of 17-32 years in prison.
He was sentenced to 7-15 for manslaughter. That will run concurrent to the other sentences. He received 15-30 years for second-degree murder, plus two years for the felony firearm charge.
Hathaway said that, although McBride made bad choices that night, “none of them justified taking her life.”
The fatal shooting of Renisha McBride, a 19-year-old African-American woman, occurred on November 2nd, 2013, in Dearborn Heights, Michigan.
On November 15th, 2013, Theodore Wafer was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony. Wafer has stated that the shooting was accidental and that he thought his home was being broken into. McBride had a BAC of 0.218, eleven times the legal limit for any minor and she was unarmed. His trial began in June of 2014.