Barry Beach

Barry Beach Freed After Governor Grants Clemency

Nov 20, 2015
Jim McCloskey of Centurion Ministries, Barry Beach, and attorney Peter Camiel after Beech was freed.
John S. Adams

Convicted murderer Barry Beach is today a free man. Governor Steve Bullock issued an executive order granting Beach’s clemency request at noon, and a short time later Beach met with reporters outside the state prison in Deer Lodge, thanking the governor, the legislature, the media, and everyone else who made his release possible. 

Montana Legislature

The Montana House Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to give the governor the power to grant clemency, even if the board of Pardons and Parole disagrees.

Billings Democrat Margie Macdonald says it’s not fair that the Board can block a clemency request from going to the governor.

Montana House Approves Changes To State Parole Board

Jan 26, 2015
Rep. Ellie Hill Smith (D) HD-90.
Courtesy Montana Legislature

The Montana House gave preliminary approval to two bills to revise the state Board of Probation and Parole.

These bills are among a handful of bills aimed at making the Parole board more accountable and transparent.

Chuck Johnson, Sally Mauk and Mike Dennison
Eliza Wiley

Gov. Bullock introduced his Medicaid expansion plan this week. It promises to help the uninsured and bring Montana tax dollars back to the state. Bullock's plan faces opposition from Republicans who worry Medicaid and other welfare programs are riddled with fraud and create disincentives to work.

Montana's parole board this week rejected a clemency application from Barry Beach.
    That means he'll continue to serve a 100-year sentence for the 1979 killing of high school classmate, Kim Nees, on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.