On November 20th, 2015, Barry Beach was released from Montana State Prison by Governor Steve Bullock. However, he remains on probation for a period of 10 years with the Montana Department of Corrections. We still work towards a full exoneration based on forensic evidence.
Shortly after noon on Friday, November 20, 2015, Barry Beach left the grounds of Montana State Prison, accompanied by Centurion Ministries founder, Jim McCloskey, and attorney Peter Camiel. Governor Steve Bullock’s Executive Order 19-2015 granting clemency to Barry. To view the order online, visit governor.mt.gov and search for “Barry Beach”. The sentence was commuted to time served, plus an additional 10 years which are suspended. Barry will serve the 10 years suspended on probation.
House Bill 43 has now taken effect in Montana as of October 1. Barry’s attorney filed an application for executive clemency with the Board of Pardons and Parole on October 8. The 18-page document focuses on Barry’s productive life during the 18 months that he lived in Billings from December 2011 through May 2013. With the new law, Montana’s Governor, Steve Bullock, can grant clemency even without the recommendation of the Board of Pardons and Parole.