Convicted killer hears victim’s family from prison ride

MUSKEGON, Michigan. – Police in Michigan repeatedly played the comments of a murder victim’s anguished family, while she drove a convicted killer in prison.

Jeffrey Willis has been granted a request to skip his sentencing Monday so he would not hear the statements of the family of Rebekah Bletsch. But Muskegon County Sheriff Michael Poulin had a CD made.

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

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

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

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