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Governor Reverses Decision to Release Convicted Killer

DETROIT -- Gov. Jennifer Granholm has reversed her decision to commute the life sentence and allow the release of a Detroit-area man convicted of a fatal stabbing in 1988.

The reversal comes after objections from relatives of the victim, Pietro "Pete" Puma, a 19-year-old from Detroit. He was killed during a robbery.

Granholm spokeswoman Liz Boyd said Friday that the governor is sending the case back to the state parole board. Any decision to commute Matthew Makowski's sentence would be up to the next governor, Rick Snyder.

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