A man whose 100-year murder sentence was commuted by Montana's governor walked out of prison still clad in the blue shirt of an inmate, shivering in the 25-degree weather that greeted him after three decades of incarceration.
Barry Beach, 53, fought to keep his composure Friday as he looked at the mountains in the distance and vowed never to return to Montana State Prison.
"Here I am for the last time," he said. "For the last time, because they can't bring me back."
Beach had learned of his release only hours earlier, when his attorney showed up at the prison. Word then spread quickly through the Deer Lodge facility, and the guards he had come to...