Parole board to announce Barry Beach decision

2014-06-10T13:21:00Z 2014-06-16T18:38:19Z Parole board to announce Barry Beach decisionThe Associated Press The Associated Press
June 10, 2014 1:21 pm  • 

HELENA — Montana’s parole board is planning to announce its decision on whether to accept convicted murderer Barry Beach’s clemency application.

The Montana Department of Corrections said in a statement the announcement will be made at the Deer Lodge Community Center at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Board chairman Mike McKee has said a full clemency hearing will be held if the parole board accepts Beach’s application.

Beach is serving a 100-year prison sentence for the 1979 beating death of classmate Kim Nees in Poplar.

Beach was released for 18 months after a judge ordered a new trial, but the Montana Supreme Court overturned the decision and he returned to prison last year.

He says he showed model behavior while free, and cites a U.S. Supreme Court decision that says juvenile offenders can change.

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