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Convicted killer hears victim’s family on prison ride

The Associated Press

Muskegon – Sheriff’s deputies repeatedly played the comments of a murder victim’s anguished family while they drove a convicted killer to prison.

Jeffrey Willis laughs during the first day of his murder trial on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, at the Muskegon County Courthouse. Sheriff’s deputies repeatedly played the comments of a murder victim’s anguished family while they drove a Willis to prison.

Jeffrey Willis was granted a request to skip his sentencing Monday so he didn’t hear the statements by relatives of Rebekah Bletsch. But Muskegon County Sheriff Michael Poulin had a CD made.

Poulin says the 25-minute CD was played five times as deputies drove Willis 145 miles (230 kilometers) to prison Wednesday.

Man in jogger’s death blows kisses in court

Willis is serving a life sentence for shooting Bletsch while she jogged in western Michigan. He’s also awaiting trial in the disappearance of a gas station employee.

The sheriff says it’s important that Bletsch’s family knows Willis heard what they said after he left court. Willis blew a kiss to the courtroom on his way out.

A state lawmaker is sponsoring a bill to require convicts to listen to victim-impact statements in court.