Bill requiring defendants to be present for victim impact statements passes in house

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) A bill requiring convicted criminals to be present for the reading of victim impact statements passed in the State House Thursday.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Holly Hughes (R-Montague), was introduced after convicted murderer Jeffrey Willis was allowed to leave the courtroom before his victims' family read their statements.

The legislation now heads to the Senate for consideration.

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