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Inmate who won state Supreme Court case over a governor's powers is rejected for parole

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ADRIAN, Michigan — A prisoner who won a major Michigan Supreme Court case about changing his sentence won't be released anytime soon.

The Corrections Department says no reason was given by parole board members who rejected Matthew Makowski's bid for parole. The decision was made Dec. 11. He'll be reviewed again in 2016.

In 2010, Gov. Jennifer Granholm changed Makowski's no-parole sentence, making him eligible for release, but she changed 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.

The 47-year-old has been described as an excellent prisoner. Makowski has been locked up for more than 25 years.

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