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Former Attorney General Opposes Beach's Application for Clemency

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A former Montana Attorney General does not want to see Barry Beach get out on parole.

Marc Racicot wrote a letter to the state's parole board opposing a clemency hearing.

According to the Great Falls Tribune, the letter says there has been no change in Beach's situation since he was denied clemency back in 2007.

Beach was convicted of killing 17-year-old Kim Nees back in 1979.

He has served 30 years for the crime.

Beach's attorney answered the letter saying Racicot did not take into account that a district court judge found enough cause to release Beach in 2011 and order a new trial.

The state Supreme Court reversed that decision sending Beach back to prison after 18 months of freedom.

Last month, Governor Steve Bullock wrote a letter to the parole board supporting Beach's application.

"Mr. Beach committed his crime as juvenile, served 30 years for that crime, has conducted himself appropriately both inside and outside of prison, and if his sentence were commuted, he would continue under state supervision .... "

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