Renisha McBride’s Killer Sentenced To 17-32 Years In Prison

September 3, 2014  |  

Last month we reported that Theodore Wafer, the man who shot and killed 19-year-old Renisha McBride was found guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter. 

Today, Wafer, 55, was sentenced and will serve between 17 and 32 years in prison.

You may remember Wafer killed McBride after she banged on his door at 4:30 a.m. after her car crashed near his home.

According to Michigan Live, Wafer read a statement to the judge during the sentencing hearing:

“I apologize from the bottom of my heart, I am truly sorry for your loss and I can only hope and pray that somehow 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’ll carry that guilt and sorrow forever. I only wish that I could take this horrible tragedy back and I’m asking the court, your honor, for mercy.”

The presiding judge, Jude Dana Hathaway, who was visibly emotional, called it one of the saddest cases she’s ever heard.

“A young woman’s life is gone and otherwise a law-abiding citizen’s life is gone. Although the evidence clearly shows in this case that Ms. McBride made some terrible choices that night, none of them justified taking her life. I believe you acted out of some fear, but mainly anger and panic…When McBride needed help, she met her death.”

Wafer received the minimum 15 year sentence for second-degree murder, making his 7-15-year manslaughter punishment moot. Wafer will serve the additional two years for felony use of a firearm.

Wafer’s attorney, Cheryl Carpenter, argued that the sentencing was basically a life sentence as Wafer will be 72-years-old after he’s completed the minimum 17 years.

According to the prosecution, Wafer must serve at least 17 years before he is eligible for parole.

Members of McBride’s family were also in the courtroom. McBride’s father, Walter Simmons, spoke lamenting the fact that he won’t have a chance to watch his daughter grow up, be a woman and have kids.

Renisha’s sister Jasmine McBride also spoke.

“Throughout the trial Mr. Wafter stated how the tragedy affected his life and how he often cried. Mr. Wafer also stated that killing my sister was an accident. I was taught to apologize when I made a mistake or an accident. Never once have I heard Mr. Wafer send his condolences or apologize to my family for taking our loved one. I find it very hard to believe that his actions were an accident. I ask you today, Judge Hathaway, when sentencing Mr. Wafer that you give him the maximum. I believe he needs time to think about his actions, like why he didn’t call 911 instead of opening his door and killing my sister. Mr. Wafer your actions impact a lot of other people besides just yourself. I thank God the judicial system worked and showed you as the killer you truly are. Somewhere down the line, in life, I have to forgive you in order to be accepted into heaven myself but I will never forget the pain, the hurt, the heartache or the devastation you caused my family.”

You can watch video of the family speaking the courtroom today in the videos below.

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