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Convict awaiting new murder trial enjoys freedom


AP Photo/Billings Gazette, Larry Mayer

Barry Beach emerges from the Fergus County jail after his release by District Judge Wayne Phillips in Lewistown on Wednesday.

BILLINGS (AP) — A convicted murderer who was freed without bail while awaiting a new trial enjoyed his first hours of freedom by swimming in a hotel pool and eating at McDonald's.

Barry Beach, 49, said food smells and tastes totally different outside Montana State Prison, where he has spent nearly 29 years serving a 100-year sentence for a murder he says he didn't commit.

District Judge E. Wayne Phillips ordered t...

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