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Barry Beach

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After spending 18 months as a free man, convicted killer Barry Beach was sent back to prison this year.

Beach had served about 30 years of a life sentence for the 1979 death of Kimberly Nees on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. He has maintained his innocence.

In December of 2011, a district court judge heard new evidence in the case and released Beach from prison saying he should be granted a new trial. On May 14, 2013, the Montana Supreme Court reversed that judge's ruling, sending Beach back to prison.

"Oh, I will get out again," Beach said in a May interview from prison. "My true home is on the streets. I don't belong where I'm sitting right now. I've never belonged where I'm sitting right now."

Beach's legal team has asked his sentence be commuted, allowing for the possibility of parole. The state Board of Pardons and Paroles is yet to make a decision.

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