Stiffer Penalties For Michigan Drive By Shooters Signed Into Law

Jun 24, 2014

   Gov. Rick Snyder has signed laws stiffening criminal penalties for drive-by shooters and people who shoot into buildings.

     People who intentionally shoot from a vehicle get up to four years in prison if they endanger another's safety. The laws signed yesterday increase the prison time to 10 years and put in place longer sentences if there are injuries or death.

     The new law also clarifies that shooting into a potentially occupied structure is a crime without prosecutors needing to prove the structure was actually occupied at the time of the shooting.

     Snyder says the two bills will help keep residents safe. The measures were sponsored by Republican Sen. James Marleau of Lake Orion and Democratic Sen. Jim Ananich of Flint.