Prisoner who won state Supreme Court case over a governor's powers gets parole interview


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COLDWATER, Michigan — An inmate who won a groundbreaking case at the Michigan Supreme Court has been interviewed for possible parole after more than 25 years in prison.

Matthew Makowski spoke to a parole board member Monday. Corrections Department spokesman Chris Gautz says more information is needed and a decision could take weeks.

In 2010, Gov. Jennifer Granholm changed Makowski's no-parole sentence, making him eligible for release, but she switched her position a few days later. The Supreme Court unanimously said Granholm's switch was illegal.

Makowski was convicted of first-degree murder for arranging a robbery that turned into a fatal stabbing in Dearborn in 1988. He wasn't present when Pete Puma was killed. Officials say the 47-year-old has been an excellent prisoner.

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