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MLive, WNEM, Fox 66 Cover Summer Release of Pitt Client Juvenile Lifer Henry Hill

From MLive SAGINAW, MI -- It was the day Henry Hill Jr.'s sister had been holding out hope 35 years for, and it didn't matter that she lived more than 1,500 away or that she had work; she'd be there. "This is the day I've been waiting for, for my brother to be released," said Marva Jones, wiping tears from her eyes. "God is so great." Henry Hill Jr. was re-sentenced Thursday, May 4, to 34 to 60 years in prison for a 1980 homicide he'd committed as a 16-year-old. He had previously been serving life in prison without parole. Because he's already served nearly 35 years, his parole hearing is expected to be expedited. One of Hill's attorneys, Robert Dunn, said he believes Hill will be released by summer of this year.

"The man who stands before you today in no way resembles the man who came to the prison system 35 years ago," one of Hill's attorneys, Michael Pitt, said. "He came to prison really as a young punk ... He stands before the court as a fully developed human being." Hill was the first of 21 men in Saginaw County to be re-sentenced on life without parole sentences they received for murders they committed as youths.

Fox 66 News/Flint-Saginaw-Bay City ("Judge: Saginaw Man Originally Sentenced to Life Without Parole to be Free This Summer"/2:13)

Also, related WNEM coverage of hearing:

WNEM/CBS/Saginaw-Flint ("Man Convicted of Murder as Juvenile Re-Sentenced"/2:11)

   

M. Pitt Cited in MLive Report on Midland Area Couple's Claim Filed Against the Federal Energy Resource Commission in Edenville Dam Collapse

Michael Pitt was quoted in MLive coverage of the claim filed against the Federal Energy Commission by a Midland Couple for property and personal damages caused by flooding after the collapse of the Edenville Dam in May 2020. The firm is representing Dan and Cathy Miller and filed a $1.25 million claim under the Federal Tort Claims Act. Read entire article here.

Midland Daily News -- "Lawsuit Blames State Agencies for Dam Failures"

Mike Pitt, Ted Leopold and Paul Stephen were referenced as plaintiffs' attorneys in a Midland Daily News report on the lawsuit filed June 25 in the Michigan Court of Claims. The coverage notes that the suit's 15 plaintiffs owned property and homes which were damaged or destroyed in the May 19 Midland area flooding caused by the collapse of the Edenville Dam. Read full article here.