Montana man granted clemency after 3 decades behind bars leaves prison, vows …

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Man Freed After 3 Decades in Prison Vows Never to Return.

DEER LODGE, Mont. Montana’s Democratic governor on Friday ordered the release of Barry Beach, whose cause drew widespread support as he maintained his innocence throughout three decades in prison for the killing of a high school classmate. — A man whose 100-year murder sentence was commuted by Montana’s governor walked out of prison still clad in the blue shirt of an inmate, shivering in the 25-degree weather that greeted him after three decades of incarceration. Beach, 53, has been serving a 100-year sentence in Montana state prison for deliberate homicide in the 1979 beating death of Kimberly Nees, 17, on the Fort Peck Indian reservation, in the north-east corner of the state.

I never dreamed it was going to take this long.” He added there would be “a lot of healing and a lot of tears” during the four-hour drive to his Billings home, and he thanked Democratic Gov. The murder of honor student Nees gripped the small town of Poplar after her body was found alongside the river at a popular place for teenagers to party. The killing remained unsolved for several years, with small-town gossip building until out-of-state police got Beach’s confession after picking him up on an unrelated crime. His long campaign for freedom drew support from hundreds, including Democratic US senator Jon Tester, former governor Brian Schweitzer and former Republican US senator Conrad Burns.

Wayne Phillips gave too much weight to testimony offered by new witnesses and failed to adequately consider forensic evidence that pointed to a single attacker. A new law – inspired in large part by Beach’s case – gives Montana’s governor the final decision in clemency requests instead of the parole board. She said she became uncertain over the past two years and came to view him as “a con, a manipulator” who was willing to hurt others for his own benefit. Under the clemency order, Bullock commuted Beach’s sentence to time served with an additional 10 years suspended, during which Beach will be on probation and supervised by the state department of corrections.

Beach was released for 18 months beginning in 2011 after a state judge ordered a new trial based on witness testimony that Nees died in a fight among a gang of girls. In his order, Bullock did not directly weigh in on whether Beach was innocent or not, and a spokesman said the governor would have no further comment on the issue. His mother, Bobbi Clincher, said Friday the hotel’s owner had told her the job was still available for Beach, and she expected he would resume working there soon. It really has,” Clincher said. “He probably would like to take a little bit of time off, but there’s the reality that he has to support himself.” Officers cuffed Timothy Madden, 38, on Friday in connection with the death of Allen County Scottsville High School child cheerleader Gabriella Doolin, Kentucky State Trooper B.J.

Gabriella’s mother alerted police in the south-central Kentucky town of Scottsville that the girl had gone missing during a football game Saturday night. Gabriella Doolin served as a child cheerleader for a local high school football team and her mom reported her missing at a game in Scottsville Saturday night. Hundreds of people mourned Gabriella’s death at a candlelight vigil in Scottsville on Sunday, and the state police asked the community to keep praying for her family Friday.

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