A convicted killer whose release from prison was granted and then reversed is disappointed that Gov. Jennifer Granholm changed her mind after hearing from the victim's family.
Lawyer John Schlinker released a statement Monday night on behalf of Matthew Makowski, whose life sentence was commuted last week by Granholm. By Friday, she rescinded the decision.
In a statement, Schlinker seems to wonder whether the governor's reversal would stand up in court. He says it's a "unique legal issue." A message seeking further comment was left Tuesday.
Makowski was convicted of first-degree murder in the fatal robbery of a friend in Dearborn in 1988. He admits setting up the robbery but insists he didn't know that the thief was carrying a knife. Nineteen-year-old Pietro "Pete" Puma was killed.