A judge sentences Wafer to a minimum of 17 years in prison. Prosecutor Patrick Muscat says the sentence is fair and just. Wafer:
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.
The jury, after deliberating for less than nine hours, finds Wafer guilty of second-degree murder, manslaughter and possessing a firearm while committing a felony. The jury rejects the possibility that the murder was in self defense. Her mother, Monica McBride on her daughter:
She was a regular teenager. She was well raised and brought up with a loving family, and her life mattered. And we showed that.
Seven days after the trial starts, Wafer tells his side of the story. He says he pulled the trigger because he needed to defend himself. Wafer on when he shot:
This person came out from the side of my house so fast. I raised the gun and shot.
Wafer’s trial begins. The defense describes how Wafer feared for his life after McBride banged on his door. He reached for a shotgun after not being able to locate his cell phone. The prosecutor on Wafer’s actions that day:
Unnecessary, unjustified and unreasonable.
Wafer faces the charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter for killing McBride. Wafer claims that it was self defense. If he is found guilty he could receive 15 years for second degree murder and more time for other charges. Prosecutor Kym Worthy:
We obviously do not feel that the evidence in this case reveals that the defendant acted in lawful self defense.