New bill gives fines, jail time to family members who help felons evade police

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MADISON, WI (WEAU) A new bill that passed the State Senate Tuesday would give steep fines and jail time to relatives of felons who help them evade police.

Current Wisconsin law prohibits a person from aiding or harboring a felon, but it doesn't apply to the felon's spouse, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren and siblings.

The bill that passed the Senate would apply that prohibition to all those family members.

If they aid the felon they could face up to $20,000 in fines and up to 10 years in prison.

The bill now goes to Governor Walker.

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