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Board Will Hear Beach's Plea

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BILLINGS -

Barry Beach will get his chance at freedom later this month.

According to the Great Falls Tribune, the State Board of Pardons and Parole will meet April 29th to consider Beach's application for clemency.

Based almost entirely on a confession, Beach was convicted of killing Poplar teenager Kimberly Nees in 1979.

Beach has always insisted his confession was coerced.

In 2011, a judge released Beach from prison and ordered a new trial.

That judge was later overruled and Beach was sent back to prison.

Beach wants the board to reduce his 100 year sentence and make him eligible for parole.

The board will take public comment and could make its decision that day.