Judge Dismisses Protection Order Against Barry Beach

Prosecutors are seeking to revoke a suspended sentence Beach was given after he was granted clemency for a 1979 murder

By Tristan Scott

BILLINGS — A state judge has dismissed a temporary order of protection filed against Barry Beach after the woman who sought the order failed to show up for a hearing to determine whether the order should become permanent.

Beach’s attorney, Tim Baldwin, says District Judge Ingrid Gustafson gave the woman 90 minutes to show up Monday before dismissing the order.

The woman received the order after saying she was the mother of Beach’s child and that he repeatedly contacted her against her wishes.

Beach has a hearing scheduled Wednesday in Billings Municipal Court on a misdemeanor charge alleging he violated the restraining order that was dismissed on Monday.

State prosecutors have filed a motion to revoke the 10-year suspended sentence Beach was given when he was granted clemency after serving more than 30 years in prison for a 1979 homicide he has maintained he did not commit.

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