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Attorney General Response Filed in Barry Beach Appeal

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The State Supreme Court gave the Montana Attorney General 30 days to explain why Barry Beach should not be allowed to be paroled. Monday, that response was given.

Beach's attorneys argued the 1979 killing of Poplar teenager Kimberly Nees occurred when Beach was still a juvenile and cited recent US Supreme Court decisions barring life sentences without the possibility of parole for juvenile offenders. The Attorney General's office responded, saying, among other things, the cases considered by the US Supreme Court were not homicide cases.

The Attorney General also cited numerous court and parole board proceedings in which beach was denied parole after arguing his case. In the conclusion, the Attorney General says, “Beach repeatedly manages to be the beneficiary of hearings and procedures that no other convicted criminal is allowed.”

Beach, it says, is entitled to nothing more and requested the state supreme court dismiss beach's petition.

The state Supreme Court is expected to rule whether the juvenile status of Beach at the time of the crime should allow him an opportunity for parole. Beach has been in prison since 1984.

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