A suburban Detroit man was sentenced Wednesday to a minimum of 17 years in prison for the fatal shooting of an unarmed 19-year-old woman on his porch last November.

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Theodore Wafer, 55, apologized to Renisha McBride’s family before his sentence was handed down. “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.

Wafer killed McBride with a shotgun on Nov. 2, 2013, when she knocked on his Dearborn Heights door after getting into a car accident. He said he shot McBride, who had been drinking prior to her accident, because he feared for his life when he heard loud banging on his door very early in the morning.

“I am confident that if you weren’t going to prison today, you would never commit another crime,” Judge Dana Margaret Hathaway told Wafer. “I fully recognize that you did not bring these circumstances to your doorstep. They arrived there. But once you did, you made the choices that brought you here today.”

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