Suburban Detroit man gets at least 17 years for porch shooting of black teen

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Posted: Sep 03, 2014 7:06 AM

DETROIT (Reuters) - A white suburban Detroit homeowner was sentenced to at least 17 years in prison on Wednesday for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager on his front porch.

Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Dana Hathaway sentenced Theodore Wafer, 55, to a mandatory two years for felony firearm usage. After completing that sentence, he will serve concurrent sentences of 7 to 15 years for manslaughter and 15 to 30 years for second-degree murder.

That means a minimum of 17 years in prison, which is what prosecutors had asked for. Wafer shot and killed 19-year-old Renisha McBride, who was intoxicated and had been involved in a car crash when she banged on his front door early on a rainy morning last November, apparently seeking help.

(Reporting by Aaron Foley; Writing by Fiona Ortiz; Editing by Doina Chiacu)