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Governor Bullock Weighs in on Barry Beach Clemency Hearing

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MISSOULA - Governor Steve Bullock asks the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole to consider whether Barry Beach has served enough time in prison.
Governor Bullock sent a letter to the board on Wednesday.

Bullock said expressing his position on Beach's application for clemency is an unusual step to take as governor.

This comes less than a week before a hearing for Beach's application for clemency in the 1979 killing of Kim Nees of Poplar.

Bullock said the following factors favor further consideration of commutation: Beach's age at the time of the murder, the fact he's been incarcerated for more than 30 years and his record and performance while in prison and during his release.

Bullock also said the reasons for maintaining Beach's 100-years-without-parole sentence at taxpayer expense diminish every year.
If the board recommends clemency, it goes to Bullock for approval.

In his letter, Bullock said he will carefully consider that recommendation pursuant to Montana law.

If the board denies the request, Beach must wait five years before making another one.
Beach was released in 2011 to await a new trial, but then sent back to prison in 2013 to finish his sentence.
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