Ted Wafer’s Attorney Re-Litigates Case To Argue For A Reduced Sentence
Ted Wafer shot and killed 19-year old Renisha McBride. A jury found Wafer guilty of 2nd degree murder, manslaughter, and unlawful use of a weapon. He is due for sentencing next week. Wayne County prosecutors, and defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter, have filed their pleadings.
Prosecutors are asking that Judge Hathaway use sentencing guidelines. Wafer stands to be sentenced between 15 and 25 years in prison that would be in addition to an automatic 2 year sentence for unlawful use of a gun. Prosecutors are asking that Wafer be sentenced to at least 17 years in prison.
Defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter, however, filed a 12-page pleading asking the judge to go below the guidelines and sentence Wafer to 6 years in prison, served consecutively with the 2 years for the unlawful use of a weapon.
Attorney Carpenter’s reason is:
“The facts and circumstances of this case are more akin to manslaughter than murder. It does not seem fair or just that a person who does not intend to kill another person is convicted of murder.”
In my opinion, disrespecting the jury’s decision is not going to get attorney Carpenter what she wants for sentencing. If attorney Carpenter wants the court to go below sentencing guidelines, it would have been better for her to argue that Wafer is an angel and no threat to society, who should be able to serve his sentence and get on with his life, rather than inferring that the jury was wrong.
Renisha was 19-years old. Wafer should serve one year for each year of Renisha’s life, and the additional 2 years for unlawful use of a weapon for a total of 21 years. Even that is a light sentence.
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