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Beach Reacts to Governor's Recommendation

Beach Reacts to Governor's Recommendation

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BILLINGS - Convicted murderer, Barry Beach, says he is shocked Montana Governor Steve Bullock is asking the state parole board to consider commuting his sentence for the 1979 murder of High School classmate, Kimberly Nees.

Beach said he's happy the governor has the courage to write a letter to the state parole board, especially since Governor Bullock filed the appeal when he was the Attorney General, to send Beach back to prison.

Beach was free for 18 months after a district judge ordered a new trial in the murder of Kim Nees. However, the Montana Supreme Court overturned the ruling and sent Beach back to prison to serve his 100-year term. Beach denies murdering Nees, and said his confession was coerced.

The Montana State Board of Pardons and Parole will review Beach's application on Tuesday to commute his sentence, so, he can be considered for parole.