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Senate advances bill that would increase statute of limitations for armed robbery crimes

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Posted at 6:25 PM, May 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-01 18:25:50-04

The Senate today approved a plan to protect crime victims by expanding the statute of limitations on armed robbery offenses.

The legislation, brought by State Rep. Diana Farrington R-Utica, would expand the statute of limitations from six to 10 years for a person to be charged with armed robbery. This would place armed robbery offenses on the same level as other violent crimes like kidnapping or extortion.  

“Armed robbery is a serious and dangerous crime,” Farrington said. “As our detectives and prosecutors know, evidence and witnesses may not be found until days or months later. We need to give these agencies the opportunity to bring these criminals to justice instead of letting dangerous people go free.”

House Bill 5010 will now advance to Gov. Rick Snyder for consideration.