Minimum 17-year sentence sought in porch shooting

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DETROIT (AP) — Prosecutors and the lawyer for a Detroit-area man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch are giving very different sentencing recommendations to a judge.

Theodore Wafer of Dearborn Heights returns to court next Wednesday, 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.

The 55-year-old Wafer could be released by the parole board after he serves whatever minimum sentence Judge Dana Hathaway gives him .

Wafer says he shot McBride in self-defense, but the jury disagreed.

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