State Supreme Court Reverses Granholm Decision

A state Supreme Court decision will reverse one of former Governor Jennifer Granholm’s last acts in office.

The court says governors cannot reduce a prisoner’s sentence and then change their mind.

Back in 2010, Granholm commuted the life sentence of Matthew Makowski. The move made him eligible for parole after more than 20 years in prison.

Within 48 hours, Granholm changed her mind, and her order was destroyed.

The Supreme Court said she exceeded her authority.

Makowski was convicted of first-degree murder for arranged the robbery of a Dearborn health club co-worker in 1988.  He says he didn’t know the robbers would be armed and was not there when the victim was stabbed.