(TUSEN DETROIT) — A Dearborn Heights man has been sentenced after the Michigan Supreme Court overturned part of his conviction for the death of a woman he fatally shot on his porch nearly 10 years ago.
According to the Wayne County District Attorney’s Office, Theodore Wafer was sentenced Wednesday to 15 to 30 years for second-degree murder, seven to 15 years for manslaughter and two consecutive years for felony firearms.
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“We are satisfied with the re-conviction of Mr. Wafer by the Court today. There were very valid reasons for the original sentence, and it was the wisest course to issue the same sentence today,” prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement.
Renisha McBride, 19, was shot and killed in November 2013 after hitting Wafer’s home. Prosecutors speculated that McBride, who had crashed her car hours earlier, might have been confused when she arrived on her porch.
Wafer, now in his 60s, opened his front door and shot McBride through a screen door. He said he feared for his life – although he didn’t call 911 first – when he was woken up by knocking. A jury rejected his claim of self-defense.
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Wafer was convicted in September 2014; however, on February 13, 2022, the state Supreme Court overturned his manslaughter conviction.
At the time, the court said his constitutional rights were violated when a jury was allowed to convict him of second-degree murder and manslaughter.
“We are not aware of any cases in this state in which defendants were convicted and received penalties for second degree murder and manslaughter on the basis of a single murder,” Judge David wrote. Viviano.
Last week, the prosecutor’s office filed a sentencing memorandum.
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