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Jeffrey Willis convicted in slaying of Mich. jogger Rebekah Bletsch

MUSKEGON, Mich. -- Jurors in western Michigan have convicted a man of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a woman who was killed while jogging in 2014. 

Jeffrey Willis in court June 22, 2016 WWMT

The verdict was read shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday. Jeffrey Willis denied any role in Rebekah Bletsch's death in Muskegon County's Dalton Township, but the evidence against him was strong.

Willis faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison with no chance for parole. Two other cases still are pending. He's charged with trying to kidnap a teenager and killing a gas station clerk, Jessica Heeringa, whose body still hasn't been found.  

Heeringa vanished from her job in Norton Shores in 2013. 

A gun in Willis' van matched the weapon used in the Bletsch shooting. Willis tried to pin her death on a cousin when he testified Wednesday.

Defense attorney Fred Johnson says Willis isn't "likeable," but he urged jurors to set that aside.

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