Lawmakers in the Michigan House will vote on a bill Thursday, March 8 inspired by convicted killer Jeffrey Willis, and the courtroom contempt he showed to the family of his victim.
Last year, Willis was convicted in the 2014 murder of Rebekah Bletsch in Muskegon County. During his sentencing hearing in December, Willis left the courtroom, not wanting to hear the victim impact statements from Bletsch's family.
That move prompted new legislation, which would require anyone facing a sentence of life in prison to hear the impact statements by victims or their families. It passed a House judicial committee vote Wednesday.
If enacted, the bill will be named the Rebekah Bletsch law. Willis did end up hearing recordings of the victim impact statements on his ride to state prison.
If the House passes the bill, this proposal would still need to be passed by the Michigan Senate and it would need to be approved by Governor Rick Snyder.
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