MT governor welcomes clemency for Beach


HELENA, Mont. - Montana Governor Steve Bullock is coming forward with his position on clemency for Barry Beach.

In a letter sent to the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole Wednesday, Bullock asked members to consider Beach's application at a meeting scheduled for next week.

Bullock cites three reasons in his letter -- that Beach served 30 years for a crime committed as a juvenile, has never been a disciplinary problem (has conducted himself well in prison) and would be under state supervision.

Beach has long maintained his innocence in the death of Kim Nees in 1979.

He was released from prison in 2011 when a judge ordered a new trial. The Montana Supreme Court overturned the judge's decision.

The board meets April 29 in Deer Lodge to review Beach's application. Dozens of people are expected to testify on Beach's behalf.

Click here to read the letter from Bullock.

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