Wisconsin governor OKs felon-harboring bill

Prison cell file photo.
File photo.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that will create steep fines and prison time for a felon’s relatives if they help him or her evade police.

Current Wisconsin law prohibits a person from aiding or harboring a felon. But the law doesn’t apply to the felon’s spouse, parents, grandparents, children, grandchild and siblings.

The bill extends that prohibition to all those family members. If they help the felon they could face fines of up to $20,000 and 10 years in prison depending on the severity of the felon’s crimes.

Both the Assembly and Senate passed the bill on voice votes earlier this spring. Walker signed the measure in a private ceremony Tuesday.

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