Governor Bullock Weighs in on Barry Beach Clemency Hearing - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

Governor Bullock Weighs in on Barry Beach Clemency Hearing

Posted: Updated:
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.
  • NationalMore>>

  • Torture anime banned at woman's kidnap-rape trial

    Torture anime banned at woman's kidnap-rape trial

    Thursday, August 21 2014 3:54 PM EDT2014-08-21 19:54:05 GMT
    A judge has declined to allow Philadelphia prosecutors to introduce evidence that a woman charged with abducting and raping a kindergartner had viewed online cartoons depicting sexual torture.
    A young woman charged with raping a 5-year-old Philadelphia girl after abducting her from school had frequently viewed Japanese anime depicting sexual torture, prosecutors disclosed Thursday as the trial was delayed until...
  • American Ebola doc: 'I am thrilled to be alive'

    American Ebola doc: 'I am thrilled to be alive'

    Thursday, August 21 2014 3:46 PM EDT2014-08-21 19:46:52 GMT
    The Atlanta hospital where two American aid workers were brought after getting infected with the Ebola virus will hold a news conference to discuss their discharge.
    Calling it a "miraculous day," an American doctor infected with Ebola left his isolation unit and warmly hugged his doctors and nurses on Thursday, showing the world that he poses no public health threat one month after...
  • Guilty plea from marathon bombing suspect's friend

    Guilty plea from marathon bombing suspect's friend

    Thursday, August 21 2014 3:46 PM EDT2014-08-21 19:46:00 GMT
    A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) plans to plead guilty to impeding the investigation into the attack.
    A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges.
  • Most Popular

  • Regional NewsMore>>

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK? NFL Asking Halftime Performers To Pay To Play

    WHAT DO YOU THINK? NFL Asking Halftime Performers To Pay To Play

    SWXRightNow.com - I think one of the reasons the Super Bowl is consistently one of, it not the most watched television events of the year is because there is something for everyone. 
    SWXRightNow.com - I think one of the reasons the Super Bowl is consistently one of, it not the most watched television events of the year is because there is something for everyone. The majority of the people tune in to watch the NFL's top two teams battle for supremacy, but there are also those casual viewers who tune in for the commercials, or the halftime show.
  • Update Shows Rate Of Birth Defect Remains High In Our Region

    Update Shows Rate Of Birth Defect Remains High In Our Region

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:48 PM EDT2014-08-21 01:48:28 GMT
    A new update shows the rate of a rare birth defect continues to remain about four times higher than the national average in our region.  
    A new update shows the rate of a rare birth defect continues to remain about four times higher than the national average in our region.  
  • Kennewick Man Fighting ALS Is Proud Of Ice Bucket Challengers

    Kennewick Man Fighting ALS Is Proud Of Ice Bucket Challengers

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:42 PM EDT2014-08-21 01:42:41 GMT
    Everyone is doing it. The ice bucket challenge is a viral sensation sweeping our nation, but all the fun has a very serious reality.  
    Everyone is doing it. The ice bucket challenge is a viral sensation sweeping our nation, but all the fun has a very serious reality.  
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Cobell Settlement Checks Could Be Mailed By Fall 2014

    Cobell Settlement Checks Could Be Mailed By Fall 2014

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:03 PM EDT2014-08-16 01:03:47 GMT
    The people in charge of doling out money in the Cobell settlement want to put checks in the mail by this fall.
    The people in charge of doling out money in the Cobell settlement want to put checks in the mail by this fall.
  • Police, Father Search for Missing Missoula Man

    Police, Father Search for Missing Missoula Man

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 2:03 PM EDT2014-08-19 18:03:46 GMT
    Missoula police help family members search for Monte Swanson, 24, a missing Missoula man who is known to hang out at transient camps.
    Missoula police help family members search for Monte Swanson, 24, a missing Missoula man who is known to hang out at transient camps.
  • Governor Makes Proclamation, Charges Come Down For Deputy's Death

    Governor Makes Proclamation, Charges Come Down For Deputy's Death

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:41 AM EDT2014-08-21 04:41:56 GMT
    Flags will be flown at half-staff throughout Montana Thursday in honor of a Cascade county sheriff's deputy who died in the line of duty.
    Flags will be flown at half-staff throughout Montana Thursday in honor of a Cascade county sheriff's deputy who died in the line of duty.
  • Butte Police Searching for Armed Robbery Suspect

    Butte Police Searching for Armed Robbery Suspect

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-08-19 16:48:33 GMT
    Butte police are looking for a man they say robbed the pharmacy at the Safeway store on Massachusetts Street. The robber pointed a gun at store staff and demanded prescription drugs.
    Butte police are looking for a man they say robbed the pharmacy at the Safeway store on Massachusetts Street. The robber pointed a gun at store staff and demanded prescription drugs.
  • Noxious Weeds

    Noxious Weeds

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:05 PM EDT2014-08-20 00:05:49 GMT
    Noxious weeds are a growing problem in Butte-Silver Bow and the Weed Control Department is asking folks to get rid of the weeds within ten days before they go to seed.
    Noxious weeds are a growing problem in Butte-Silver Bow and the Weed Control Department is asking folks to get rid of the weeds within ten days before they go to seed.
  • Daines Leads Curtis In New Senate Poll

    Daines Leads Curtis In New Senate Poll

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:43 AM EDT2014-08-21 04:43:48 GMT
    A U.S. Senate poll was released on Wednesday after the Montana Democratic Party nominated State Representative Amanda Curtis to campaign in place of Senator John Walsh.
    A U.S. Senate poll was released on Wednesday after the Montana Democratic Party nominated State Representative Amanda Curtis to campaign in place of Senator John Walsh.
  • One Dead In Crash North Of Whitefish

    One Dead In Crash North Of Whitefish

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:40 AM EDT2014-08-21 04:40:49 GMT
    Glacier National ParkGlacier National Park
    A 23-year-old woman is dead and two other people are in serious condition following a crash on Highway 93 north of Whitefish that snarled traffic for over two hours.
    A 23-year-old woman is dead and two other people are in serious condition following a crash on Highway 93 north of Whitefish that snarled traffic for over two hours.
  • Bounty Hunters Wanted to Track Down Billionaire's Assets

    Bounty Hunters Wanted to Track Down Billionaire's Assets

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:35 PM EDT2014-08-21 00:35:27 GMT
    A firm representing creditors of the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky is seeking help to uncover hidden assets of the club's billionaire co-founder, Tim Blixseth.
    A firm representing creditors of the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky is seeking help to uncover hidden assets of the club's billionaire co-founder, Tim Blixseth.
Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.