Wafer has been a “model prisoner” but the “facts remain the same," the judge said.
“You cannot murder someone for simply knocking on your door in the middle of the night. You had choices,” Hathaway said.
Wafer opened his front door and shot McBride, 19, through a screen door before dawn. He said he was awakened by pounding and feared for his life, though he didn't call police first. A jury rejected his self-defense claim.
Prosecutors speculated that McBride, who was drunk and had crashed her car hours earlier, might have been confused when she arrived on Wafer’s porch.
“I remain terribly sorry," Wafer said Wednesday.
Some people wondered in the aftermath of the shooting whether race was a factor, likening it to the 2012 shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. But race was hardly mentioned during Wafer's trial in 2014, and the judge at that time said she didn't believe it played a role.
McBride's mother said her daughter is deeply missed.
“Holidays are no longer holidays because we have no joy,” Monica McBride said in court. “Every day is a living nightmare that we can’t and won’t wake up from.”
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