Racicot: Parole board should deny Beach clemency


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.


Reader Comments

Willy writes:

The former governor is just trying to save face. The fact that the evidence was destroyed by somebody that allegedly may have been the culprit should be enough right there to have a new hearing. Not to mention that the LA cop had been in messy investigations in the past. Marc give it up and go back to your home out of Montana.

Despoticpeon writes:

I'm not sure how a murder case he prosecuted is none of his business; especiallysince they are attempting to reduce his sentence again after repeated reviews continue to uphold the original penalties.

Slickyboyboo writes:

In my opinion these matters in the Barry Beach hearings are none of Marc Racicot business. Time to sit this one out Racicot, don't need you messing it up like you did when you deregulated power companys.


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