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Ted Wafer sentenced to 15-30 years for second-degree murder

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Wafer entering the courtroom at his sentencing September 3, 2014. Wafer entering the courtroom at his sentencing September 3, 2014.
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A judge has sentenced Ted Wafer to 15-30 years in prison for the second-degree murder of Renisha McBride.

Judge Dana Hathaway, before reading her sentence, said this is the "saddest case I have ever had," adding "one life is lost and another is ruined".

Wafer, 55, also made a statement before he was sentenced, saying "I will carry that guilt and sorrow forever."

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

Defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter asked for as few as six years in prison. She says the shooting haunts Wafer.
 
Noting Wafer's age, Carpenter said at the hearing Wednesday that anything more than 10 years in prison would be a "life sentence."

Judge Hathaway also sentenced Wafer 7-15 years on the manslaughter charge, and a mandatory two-year consecutive sentence on the felony firearm charge.
 
No one knows why McBride ended up at Wafer's home about 4:30 a.m., though prosecutors speculated she may have been seeking help. She had crashed her car into a parked car about a half-mile away in Detroit around 1 a.m. An autopsy found she was extremely drunk.
 
Wafer opened the front door and shot McBride in the face, firing through a screen door. He first suggested to police that it was an accident but later admitted to intentionally pulling the trigger.
 
The jury convicted Wafer of murder, manslaughter and a gun-related charge on Aug. 7. He will be eligible for parole after serving the minimum sentence.
 
Wafer is white and McBride was black, and some wondered in the aftermath of the shooting whether race may have been a factor, likening it to the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. But race was hardly mentioned at trial, and Judge Hathaway also mentioned at the sentencing she did not believe race played a role.

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