Michigan attorney general says he'll oppose release of prisoner who won case at Supreme Court


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DETROIT — Attorney General Bill Schuette says he'll oppose freedom for a prisoner who recently won a major case at the Michigan Supreme Court.

The court said Gov. Jennifer Granholm in 2010 had no authority to change her mind after she commuted the no-parole sentence of Matthew Makowski, who was convicted of first-degree murder in Wayne County in 1989.

Schuette will urge the parole board to keep Makowski behind bars. Makowski will be interviewed by a parole board member on July 17. The board will decide whether to open his case or pass.

Makowski is objecting. His attorneys say he should be released without any new hearings.

Makowski arranged the robbery of a co-worker. He didn't know the robbers would be armed and wasn't present when Pietro "Pete" Puma was fatally stabbed.

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