House beefs up sentences for habitual offenders

By: Assoiated Press Email
By: Assoiated Press Email

The Michigan House has passed legislation requiring prison sentences of at least 25 years for people convicted of three or more serious violent crimes who commit one more.

The House voted 98-10 Wednesday to approve the bill that originated in the Senate. The measure returns to the Senate, which is expected to approve minor changes and send it to Gov. Rick Snyder.

Sponsor Sen. Rick Jones says Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette first raised the issue. The Grand Ledge Republican says it will keep repeat offenders from committing more crimes.

The bill requires courts to follow the 25-year minimum guideline if habitual offenders are convicted of serious crimes like attempted murder, criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping.

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