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Retired Firefighter, Jeffrey Seigler says on Tuesday morning during his sentence, “I have full remorse and regret and I wish I could change something, but we can’t go back in time.” Jeffrey was found guilty for firing a shotgun from his porch at a black teenager who knocked on his front door because he was lost.
According to NBC News, “Jeffrey Zeigler, dressed in a grey jumpsuit with his hand shackled in front of him, appeared in an Oakland County courtroom where a judge sentenced him to two to 10 years for one count of assault with intent to do bodily harm and two years for one count of felony firearm. He was convicted on October 12.”
His sentence will be consecutive. This means Jeffrey will serve at least two years for the assault and another two years for the firearm count, the judge states. Jeffrey was seen on a home surveillance video around 8:20 a.m. ET on April 12 shooting at Brennan Walker as the teen fled down the street.
Brennan, 12 said he went to Jeffrey’s home to ask for directions to Rochester High School, where he is a freshman. He said, “I knocked on the door, stepped back, and then a lady came downstairs yelling at me.” Jeffrey’s wife picked up the phone to call the police, reporting that “a black male was trying to break into her house.”
As Brennan started to run away, that is when he heard the gunshot. The teen was uninjured in the attack, but his mother, Lisa Wrights, said he’s in therapy indefinitely. “This will affect my son forever,” she said.
During the sentencing Tuesday morning, the teen’s mom said she didn’t think Jeffrey was sorry for shooting her son, telling the judge that she thinks he’s only remorseful due to the media attention the case has attracted.
Source: NBC News
Written By: Fantasia Harvey