Senate approves D’Annunzio’s Law

Lansing—The Michigan Senate approved legislation on Tuesday to lengthen the statute of limitations for kidnapping, attempted murder and manslaughter, said sponsor Sen. Rick Jones.

Senate Bill 726 increases the statute of limitations from ten to twenty years.

Twelve years ago, Brandon D’Annunzio was at Buffalo Wild Wings in East Lansing attending a bachelor party. He left the bar alone and was approached by two men and a woman. One of the men allegedly punched D’Annunzio in the face, causing him to fall backward and crack his head on the concrete curb. Ten days later D’Annunzio was pronounced dead due to blunt force trauma to the head.

Eleven years after Brandon’s death, one year past the current statute of limitations, a tipster notified police of the identity of the suspect after reading a news article about the anniversary of D’Annunzio’s death.

The tipster is not believed to be criminally culpable and was not protecting himself or a family member.

"Justice was not served, and this is only one example,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “While it is rare for facts to surface more than a decade later, this is proof that it can happen. The person or people who committed this crime will never be punished, and the victim’s family will never know all of the facts from this tragic event."

"Extending the statute of limitations for specific crimes will give police officers and witnesses twenty years to discover facts or to come forward with knowledge.  Hopefully this will prevent tragic events such as the one that happened to the D’Annunzio family."