Jeffrey Willis Found Guilty in the Murder & Kidnapping of Jessica Heeringa
Wednesday night, a Muskegon County jury handed out its verdict in the case of the abduction and murder of Jessica Heeringa. That verdict? Guilty.
Heeringa was abducted from the Exxon station where she worked in Norton Shores in 2013. Her body has never been found. While the defense argued that Heeringa was perhaps gone of her own free will, the jury sided with the prosecution.
WZZM-13 reports that the jury deliberated for only 90 minutes before handing down the verdict - Jeffrey Willis was guilty of both kidnapping and murder.
Willis, 48, showed no emotion according to WZZM. The guilty verdict means that he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole. He is already serving a mandatory live sentence for the 2014 murder of Rebekah Bletsch.
While Heeringa's body has never been found, WZZM-13 reports that Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson presented evidence that connected Willis to her death.
Jurors began deliberating around 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, and delivered their verdict around 6:15 p.m.