House passes Leonard measure to protect victims’ right to restitution

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The House of Representatives recently approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Tom Leonard aimed at ensuring that criminals continue to pay restitution following a victim’s death.

House Bill 4636 requires a defendant to pay the remaining restitution to a victim’s estate if the victim dies, making it uniform for all victims and defendants.

“A victim’s death should never let a defendant off the hook when a restitution order is in place,” said Leonard, R-DeWitt Township. “By ensuring that any remaining amount of restitution is paid to the victim’s estate, this piece of legislation will help victims and their families get the justice they deserve.”

The measure is now before the Senate for consideration.