Montana Board of Pardons and Parole House Votes To Give Governor Power To Grant Clemency By Steve Jess • Jan 28, 2015 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 By Jackie Yamanaka - Yellowstone Public Radio • Jan 26, 2015 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. Barry Beach: sickened and saddened by denial of clemency application By Edward O'Brien • Jun 13, 2014 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.