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  • 3 September 2014, 21:30

Porch Killer Gets 17 Years For Teen's Murder

A suburban Detroit homeowner convicted of shooting dead an unarmed 19-year-old woman on his porch has been jailed for 17 years.

Theodore Wafer, 55, received the minimum sentence recommended by prosecutors for the second-degree murder of Renisha McBride.

He addressed the victim's parents ahead of sentencing on Wednesday, saying he was sorry for what happened in the predawn hours on November 2.

Wafer told Miss McBride's family that he killed a woman who was "too young to leave this world".

"I will carry that guilt and sorrow forever," he added.

Wafer testified that he shot the young woman through his screen door because he feared someone was trying to break into his home.

A jury rejected Wafer's self-defence claim in a case that drew comparisons to the Florida self-defence trial over the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.

Miss McBride's killing sparked protests that were rife with racial undertones because Wafer is white while his victim was black.

Prosecutors said Miss McBride was looking for help after being involved in a car accident when she appeared at Wafer's door at about 4.30am.

Alcohol tests and testimony revealed that the teen was intoxicated at the time.

On Wednesday, Judge Dana Hathaway said that while Miss McBride made "some terrible choices", she did not deserve to be killed.

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