Rep. Hughes, Bletsch family testify for victim statements bill

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PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Holly Hughes (right) today testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, supporting legislation to require convicted criminals hear victim impact statements during a sentencing hearing. The committee later unanimously approved the bill. The legislation was inspired by a Muskegon County case where the convicted murderer of Rebekah Bletsch was allowed to leave the courtroom before the victim impact statements were heard. Also testifying was Jessica Josephson, the sister of Rebekah Bletsch.