Convicted Killer Disappointed by Clemency Reversal

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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 By Friday, she rescinded the decision.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.

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  • by Sans on Dec 29, 2010 at 06:49 AM
    I have to agree with Nolan, this is more than my bad. I don't think the guy should be released, however this is more like cruel and unusual punishment.
  • by Michael Location: Michigan on Dec 28, 2010 at 09:32 PM
    Setting up the person to be robbed is the same as robbing the person yourself.even though he didn't know the robbers had a knife, he is still guilty of conspiring to do this crime. I think that this man should do all the time he was sentenced just because the victim he set up was supposably a friend and co worker. freedom is something you get for doing good not conspiring to do the wrong thing in life.
  • by amk Location: fowlerville on Dec 28, 2010 at 03:07 PM
    Maybe it was something elese that made her change her mind?? Anyone think of that?
  • by Nolan Location: Lansing on Dec 28, 2010 at 02:36 PM
    To tell a man that has been locked up since 1985 that he is pardoned then to say my bad I change my mind that isn't right it just seems like cruel punishment violation to me.
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Dec 28, 2010 at 10:55 AM
    Considering that Mrs. Granholm used to be the Attorney General (head Prosecutor in the state), I'm amazed that it didn't occur to her to take the 'victims' into consideration BEFORE she granted the release. What a way to make your exit, Jenny. Still just blundering along.
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