Theodore Wafer, the man who was found guilty of second-degree murder for fatally shooting Renisha McBride last November, was sentenced to a minimum of 17 years in prison on Wednesday.

According to NBC News, Wafer apologized to McBride’s family before his punishment was announced.

"From my fear, I caused the loss of a life that was too young to leave this world. And for that, I carry that guilt and sorrow forever," Wafer said.

His lawyer, Cheryl Carpenter cried, because as she said, Wafer "shows more remorse than any client I have ever seen" and asserted that he deserved to be sentenced within the guidelines of a manslaughter conviction. In addition to second-degree murder, Wafer was also found guilty of manslaughter and a weapons felony firearm charge.

After the sentencing, McBride's sister, Jasmine, told NBC News, "I'm very happy. I believe justice was served and I believe my sister can rest peacefully now."

Wafer plans to appeal.

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