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Life sentence ordered for man in fatal shooting of jogger

Posted at 7:32 AM, Dec 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-18 12:18:08-05

A man convicted of killing a woman in western Michigan blew a kiss to the courtroom before he was sentenced to life in prison in one of two murder cases filed against him.

A judge approved Jeffrey Willis' request to go back to the Muskegon County jail and skip the hearing. Spectators yelled "coward" when he was escorted from court Monday.

Willis was convicted in the fatal shooting of Rebekah Bletsch, who was jogging when she was killed in 2014.

Willis was arrested two years later when a teenager said he tried to kidnap her. The arrest jump-started investigations of the Bletsch homicide and the 2013 disappearance of gas station clerk Jessica Heeringa.

A gun, rope, chains, handcuffs and syringes were found in Willis' van.