Assembly passes anti-crime package

MADISON, Wis. - A package of anti-crime bills that would create stiffer penalties for repeat offenders and illegal firearm possession are on their way to Gov. Scott Walker.

The Assembly approved the bills Wednesday. The Senate passed them in November. They now go to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.

Repeat offenders convicted of serious crimes would face a mandatory five-year minimum sentence. Illegally possessing a gun while on probation, parole or extended release would carry a mandatory three-year sentence.

The legislation also would make carjacking a felony and eliminate a requirement that judges must decide whether to make someone eligible to have his or her record expunged at the time of sentencing. Offenders who are at least a year removed from finishing their sentence could instead request expungement.

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