DETROIT – A judge has sentenced a suburban Detroit man to 17 years in prison Wednesday for killing an unarmed woman on his porch… Theodore Wafer was sentenced for the second-degree murder of Renisha McBride…
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.
From a professional firearms instructor’s view point, I have to agree with the court. The woman outside on the man’s porch was presenting no threat to him. He not only voluntarily opened the door, he shot the woman in the face, killing her.
If he was afraid, he should have simply called the police and stayed inside. There was absolutely no reason at all for him to open the door, let alone shoot her.