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Jeffrey Willis’ cousin avoids new jail time in Heeringa case

January 9, 2018

Kevin Bluhm, who pleaded no contest on Nov. 27, 2017, to being an accessory after the fact in the murder of 25-year-old Jessica Heeringa, who disappeared in April 2013 from her night job at a Norton Shores gas station, enters the courtroom after his sentencing, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in the 14th Circuit Court in Muskegon, Mich. Bluhm was sentenced by Judge William C. Marietti to time he has already served in the Muskegon County Jail and the maximum of five years probation. He will have to wear a GPS monitor for at least one year of his probation. (Mike Krebs/Muskegon Chronicle via AP)

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A cousin of a man charged in the slaying of a 25-year-old western Michigan gas station clerk has avoided additional jail time for helping him afterward.

A judge sentenced 49-year-old Kevin Bluhm to time served Tuesday for being an accessory after the fact in the murder of Jessica Heeringa. He had been jailed since September 2016. Bluhm pleaded no contest to the charge.

Bluhm also was ordered to serve five years of probation and wear a GPS tether.

Heeringa disappeared April 26, 2013, from Norton Shores. Her body hasn’t been found. Authorities say Bluhm told police he saw a woman the following day bound in a Norton Shores home and helped to bury her. Bluhm later said he had lied.

His cousin, Jeffrey Willis, is charged in her death.

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