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Detroit-area man gets 17 years in porch shooting

Theodore Wafer was sentenced Wednesday for the second-degree murder of Renisha McBride.

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Theodore Wafer was sentenced Wednesday for the second-degree murder of Renisha McBride.

DETROIT — A judge has sentenced a suburban Detroit man to 17 years in prison for killing an unarmed woman on his porch.

Theodore Wafer was sentenced Wednesday for the second-degree murder of Renisha McBride. Before sentencing, the 55-year-old Dearborn Heights man told the young woman’s parents he was sorry for what happened during the early morning hours of Nov. 2.

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Prosecutors recommended at least 17 years in prison for Wafer, including two years for unlawful use of a gun. During trial, he said he shot the 19-year-old because he feared for his life, but a jury rejected Wafer’s claim of self-defense.

Defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter asked for as few as six years in prison.

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