Vote Tuesday for Rebekah Bletsch Law, making convicts stay for victim impact statements


LANSING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Michigan House of Representatives will vote on a bill that would require those convicted of a serious crime to listen to their victims or families during sentencing.

The bill was first introduced after Jeffrey Willis was sentenced for the murder of Rebekah Bletsch.

Jeffrey Willis blows a kiss to the court before getting sentenced to life

During the hearing, Willis asked to leave the courtroom before Bletsch's family was able to give their impact statements, blowing a kiss to the courtroom as he left.

There was nothing in the law stopping Willis from leaving court -- until now.

State Representative Holly Hughes from Muskegon County created a bill to force convicted murderers and rapists, like Willis, to watch the full impact statements from the victim or the victim's family.

Willis sentencing prompts legislation to force murderers to watch impact statements

Voting on the Rebekah Bletsch Law, as it will be known if it is passed, will happen Tuesday morning.

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