Posted: Sep 14, 2013 2:45 PM by MTN News
BILLINGS - Court documents released this week aim to push a possible option of parole for Barry Beach.
Beach was handed a life sentence without parole in 1984 for the killing of Kim Nees.
The request of commutation outlined substantial changes in circumstances, as well as questioned evidence against Beach, after he spent over 30 years in prison.
Nearly 30 years ago, Beach confessed to the slaying, but it's argued that was a false confession.
Former Senator Conrad Burns and Billings Mayor Tom Hanel are among those whose letters appear in documents urging the consideration of the request.
Media outlets also report Governor Steve Bullock does not want to comment on the request at this time.