The man who shot and killed 19-year-old Renisha McBride has been sentenced to a minimum of 17 years in prison. 55-year-old Theodore Wafer was convicted of second-degree murder nearly a month ago. Facing a long sentence before Judge Dana M. Hathaway, Wafer read the following statement:

To the parents, family and friends of Renisha McBride, I apologize from the bottom of my heart. I am truly sorry for your loss. I can only hope and pray that somehow, you can forgive me. My family and friends also grieve. From my fear, I caused the loss of a life that was too young to leave this world. And for that, I’ll carry that guilt and sorrow forever. I only wish that I could take this horrible tragedy back. And I ask the court and your honor for mercy.

After his statement, Judge Hathaway sentenced Wafer to 15-30 years for the murder charge, along with an additional two consecutive years for a gun-related charge. That means Wafer will serve a minimum of 17 years.