Homicide

Detroit-area man who killed woman on porch to receive sentence for second-degree murder

  • FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2014 file photo, Theodore Wafer, of Dearborn Heights, Mich., testifies in his own defense during his trial for the Nov. 2, 2013, killing of Renisha McBride in Detroit. Wafer is scheduled to return to court for sentencing next Wednesday,  Sept. 3, 2014, about a month after he was convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting of Renisha McBride. Prosecutors want the judge to follow sentencing guidelines and send Wafer to prison for at least 17 years for murder and the unlawful use of a gun. Defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter is asking for as little as six years. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr., File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2014 file photo, Theodore Wafer, of Dearborn Heights, Mich., testifies in his own defense during his trial for the Nov. 2, 2013, killing of Renisha McBride in Detroit. Wafer is scheduled to return to court for sentencing next Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, about a month after he was convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting of Renisha McBride. Prosecutors want the judge to follow sentencing guidelines and send Wafer to prison for at least 17 years for murder and the unlawful use of a gun. Defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter is asking for as little as six years. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr., File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2014 file photo, Monica McBride, mother of Renisha McBride cries during the reading of verdict of guilty of of second-degree murder and manslaughter for Theodore Wafer in Detroit. Walter Ray Simmons, Renisha's father, is at right. Wafer  could come face-to-face with Renisha McBride's parents as he receives his sentence for second-degree murder on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr.)

    FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2014 file photo, Monica McBride, mother of Renisha McBride cries during the reading of verdict of guilty of of second-degree murder and manslaughter for Theodore Wafer in Detroit. Walter Ray Simmons, Renisha's father, is at right. Wafer could come face-to-face with Renisha McBride's parents as he receives his sentence for second-degree murder on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr.)  (The Associated Press)

A suburban Detroit man who shot an unarmed woman on his porch could come face-to-face with her parents as he receives his sentence for second-degree murder.

Theodore Wafer is scheduled to return to court Wednesday. Renisha McBride's family will have an opportunity to make a statement before the judge orders a punishment.

Prosecutors are recommending at least 17 years in prison for the Dearborn Heights man, including two years for unlawful use of a gun. Wafer says he shot the 19-year-old McBride because he feared for his life, but a jury rejected his claim of self-defense.

Defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter is asking for as few as six years in prison. She says the shooting haunts Wafer.