Department of Justice’s Statement Regarding Board of Pardons and Parole Denial of Barry Beach’s Clemency Application

Department of Justice’s Statement Regarding Board of Pardons and Parole Denial of Barry Beach’s Clemency Application

Following today’s announcement by the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole that it has denied Barry Beach’s application for clemency, Attorney General Fox issued the following statement on behalf of the Montana Department of Justice:

“In denying Barry Beach’s fourth application for clemency, the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole board made a thorough, thoughtful, and correct decision. Prior state attorneys general, the Montana Supreme Court, and four separate decisions from the Board have all concluded that Beach is guilty and should remain in prison to serve the remainder of his sentence. This unanimous decision reaffirms the fairness and effectiveness of Montana’s justice system. Thirty-five years after the murder of Kim Nees, Montana’s law enforcement community hopes this matter can now be finally laid to rest, and that Kim Nees’ family can heal, find peace, and move on.”

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