Renisha McBride's Killer Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison

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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.

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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.

Image via AP.

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It is so good to hear that McBride's family feels justice has been done. This case feels like the silver lining on the dark cloud that is race in the justice system right now.