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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Montana. New Law. New Applications.

Matt Volz of the Associated Press says that, when Barry Beach walked out of prison, because Gov. Steve Bullock commuted his 100-year murder sentence, it gave others "hope" that the governor would "look favorably" on their own clemency applications.

More specifically, 14 Montana prisoners "rushed" to file applications "after a new state law gave the governor final say on clemency requests instead of the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole." This is an "unusually high number of applications filed over a two-month span. Over the same period last year, only one application was filed." See story here.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Montana: Beach Granted Clemency !

NBC News reports Barry Beach has "walked out of the Montana State Prison a free man a little after noon MST today." Montana Governor Steve Bullock granted clemency after Beach had served more than 32 years in prison for a 1979 murder. He has long maintained his innocence but was turned down by Montana's Board of Pardons and Paroles last year. The state legislature then passed a law allowing the Governor to pardon even if the Board denies an application. See story here.

See our own previous coverage of his somewhat bizarre case here.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Montana: The Case of Barry Beach, Again

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Bob Brown, a Republican, former Montana Secretary of State and Montana state Senate president and Jim Elliott, a Democrat, who is former chair of the Montana Democratic Party and Montana state senator have penned an editorial calling on the Governor to pardon Barry Beach. They summarize the case as follows:

In 1983, the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's office in Louisiana got Beach to confess to the 1979 murder of 17-year old classmate Kimberly Nees. Beach also "confessed" to committing three Louisiana murders.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Montana: Pardon Power to the Governor?

The Montana Standard reports Rep. Margie McDonald (D-Billings) has introduced House Bill 43A " "to allow Montana's governor to grant clemency to prisoners even if the state parole board recommends against it." It is reported that the governor "would assume final authority over clemency requests" and be able to "waive fines, lessen a sentence or pardon someone. "

The State's parole board "drew increased scrutiny" when Gov. Steve Bullock supported a commutation of the life sentence of Barry Beach, but the board "declined to forward a clemency recommendation." See story here.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Montana: Rejection (Background)

On March 16, PardonPower posted material here on the case of Barry Beach, who was charged with murder in 1979 and sentenced to 100 years in prison. Tonight, Dateline NBC aired a broadcast on his case as well. The Dateline report can be found here.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Montana: Rejection

On Friday, the Associated Press reported on 45-year old Barry Beach, who was convicted of the 1979 killing of a 17-year old girl on Fort Peck Indian Reservation. The conviction was obtained as a result of a confession he gave to Louisiana authorities while in jail for an unrelated crime. Beach is serving a 100-year prison term without the possiblity of parole, but now argues that the confession was "coerced." As he puts it, "I was so scared I would have said anything to get away from them. I was 20 years old. I just wanted to get out of that interrogation room.” Beach also insists that there is testimony from others that connects a group of girls to the murder. For example, Carl Fourstar testified (at Beach's clemency hearing) that a former co-worker confessed that she had gotten away with the murder. So, Beach is seeking a new trial based on testimony that the Board of Pardons and Parole calls "double and triple hearsay." This was the same body that rejected Beach's petition for executive clemency. See some background on the case here and here and here.

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