Montana News

Jul 13, 2012 8:33 AM by MTN News

Barry Beach takes another step toward freedom

BILLINGS- Barry Beach's life has drastically changed in the last year going from living behind bars to being outside and now, the judge who released him from prison, pending a Montana Supreme Court ruling on his case, says Barry Beach can now live on his own.

Judge Wayne Phillips decided this week he trusts Beach to live on his own based on his conduct so far.

Beach spent nearly three decades in prison for the murder of 17-year old Kim Nees near Poplar and was released last December to live with former Yellowstone County Commissioner Ziggy Ziegler.

Beach was quick to tell Montana's News Station on Thursday night, that he must follow all other rules of his release and he is still responsible to check in with his attorneys and the Ziegler's each week.

But he also tells us that he plans on returning to a normal life, and he's worked hard for his home and his handyman business.

The Montana Supreme Court will now decide if Beach will be granted a new trial.

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