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A Detroit man who said he feared for his life when he shot and killed a young woman on his porch in 2013 became the same Wednesday in a new hearing ordered by the US Supreme Court in Michigan sentenced to 17 years imprisonment.
Ted Wafer was convicted of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Renisha McBride in Dearborn Heights, Michigan.
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But about halfway through Wafer’s sentence in February, the Supreme Court unanimously vacated the manslaughter conviction, saying he could not be convicted twice for the same murder.
Wayne County Judge Dana Hathaway says the sentence won’t change: 15 years for second-degree murder plus two years for using a firearm in a crime Wafer has already served. He noted that the murder conviction still fell under the evaluation guidelines.
Wafer, 63, is credited with around eight years in prison, allowing him to be paroled in 2031.
Wafer was a “model prisoner,” but “the facts remain the same,” the judge said.
“You can’t kill someone knocking on your door in the middle of the night. You had a choice,” Hathaway said.
Wafer opened the front door and shot 19-year-old McBride through a screen door before dawn. He said he was awakened by the gunfire and feared for his life, although he did not call the police first. A jury rejected his claim of self-defense.
Prosecutors speculated that McBride, who was drunk and crashed into her car hours earlier, may have been confused when she arrived at Wafer’s porch.
“I’m terribly sorry,” Wafer said Wednesday.
Wafer is white and McBride was black; Some people questioned whether race was a factor after the shooting, comparing it to the 2012 shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. But race was barely mentioned during the 2014 Wafer trial.
“Holidays aren’t vacations anymore because we don’t have joy,” McBride’s mother, Monica McBride, told the court. “Every day is a living nightmare from which we cannot and do not want to wake up”.