October 29, 2013 | AP Michigan lawmakers want to get tougher on suspected drive-by shooters.
Legislation expected to be approved Tuesday by the state Senate would increase prison time for people convicted of intentionally shooting from a vehicle.
Those convicted now get up to four years in prison if they endanger another's safety. The bipartisan bills would stiffen the penalty to 10 years in prison.
Maximum sentences would be higher if victims are injured or killed, and judges would have the option of sentencing defendants to longer terms running concurrently with other criminal convictions.
Legislators say innocent families deserve to stay out of harm's way in cities like Detroit where drive-by shootings are a significant problem.
They're sponsored by Republican Sen. Jim Marleau of Lake Orion and Democratic Sen. Jim Ananich of Flint.
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