The long, strange road of Barry Beach may, in fact, lead right back to prison.  Prosecutors filed to revoke the suspended sentence of Beach on Thursday, after his arrest in early November for allegedly violating a protection order in Billings.


The revocation petition was filed in the 15th District Court, which includes Roosevelt County, where Beach was convicted and sentenced for deliberate homicide in the 1979 beating death of 17-year-old Kim Nees.  Gov. Steve Bullock granted Beach clemency in November 2015 after he had served more than 30 years in prison.  Beach maintained his innocence in Nees’s death and a campaign to release him attracted widespread support from elected officials.


In his clemency order, Bullock cited Beach’s good behavior while in prison.  Since November 2015, Beach has been serving a 10-year suspended sentence, but has allegedly flirted with revocation, which could send him back to prison.