Racicot: Parole board should deny Beach clemency
May 1, 2014
MISSOULA (AP) — The special prosecutor in Barry Beach's 1984 murder trial says the case has been exhaustively reviewed and the state Board of Pardons and Parole should reject Beach's recent clemency application.
Beach was sentenced to 100 years in prison without the possibility of parole for the 1979 killing of Kim Knees near Poplar. Both were 17 at the time.
Former Gov. Marc Racicot wrote to the board Tuesday. That same day, supporters of Beach argued that young criminals can no longer be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole under a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision.
Full story in Friday's Havre Daily News.