“Porch Shooter” Sentenced To At Least 17 Years For Killing Renisha McBride

Theodore Wafer will serve 17 to 30 years for the shooting death of the unarmed 19-year-old woman.

1. Suburban Detroit man Theodore Wafer was sentenced Tuesday to serve a minimum of 17 years in prison for the killing of 19-year-old Renisha McBride.

On Nov. 2, 2013, the 55-year-old Wafer fatally shot McBride, who was unarmed, with a shotgun after he awoke to her banging on the front door of his Dearborn Heights, Michigan, home.

On Aug. 7, Wafer was found guilty of second-degree murder, manslaughter, and weapons charges.

AP / The Detroit News

Theodore Wafer

5. Attorney for McBride’s family Jerry Thurswell to BuzzFeed on Wednesday they are “very pleased, [Wafer] can not get out of prison for at least 17 years. [The family] believes justice was done.”

AP / The Detroit News

Renisha McBride

Renisha McBride dad says Wafer "got what he deserved"

— oralandar brand-wms (@oralandar_DN)

WAFER: "I apologize from the bottom of my heart...I can only hope and pray someday you can forgive me. -@FOX2Erika

— Roop Raj (@rooprajfox2)

8. Theodore Wafer is led out of the courtroom after being found guilty in the killing of Renisha McBride on Aug. 7 in Detroit:

AP / The Detroit News

Judge said she believe #TedWafer "acted out of some fear, but mainly out of anger and panic" #RenishaMcBride

— idabwellsinstitute (@idabeewells)

10. Wafer’s attorney Cheryl Carpenter said during a news conference Wednesday that the minimum 17 years in prison for her client is a “death sentence.”

AP / The Detroit News

Defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter

Wafer atty Cheryl Carpenter doing news conference now says it's unfair that he got minimum 17 yrs in prison."It's a death sentence."

— oralandar brand-wms (@oralandar_DN)

wafer atty says his demeanor after sentencing was "pure panic" like a "wild animal" who doesn't know what happened to him

— oralandar brand-wms (@oralandar_DN)

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