LANSING, MI (MPRN)-- People convicted of crimes would have to listen to victim statements at their sentencing hearings, if a bill making its way through the state Legislature becomes law.
Last December, Jeffrey Willis was sentenced for murdering a woman while she was out jogging. He asked to leave the courtroom before the victim’s family gave their impact statements. The judge agreed.
Republican Representative Holly Hughes is a bill sponsor. She says Willis never should have been allowed to leave the courtroom.