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Beach's Guardian Reacts to His Return to Prison

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After spending the last year and a half as a free man, Beach is heading back to the same prison a district court judge freed him from in 2011. On Tuesday the State Supreme Court issued a ruling saying the judge "erred" when he ordered a new trial for the convicted killer.     

Beach had served 28 years in prison for the murder of Kimberley Nees in Poplar, Montana. For now, it appears Beach will have to serve the remainder of his 100 year prison sentence with no chance of parole.

Stella Ziegler, Beach's guardian says, "He was a very productive citizen paying taxes working, doing all the things that you should do, trying to get 30 years of his life back and just to have it all pulled out in such a fast unreal situation is just mind boggling to us."    

Centurion Ministries is a nonprofit group dedicated to winning the release of people it believes have been unjustly convicted and sentenced to life in prison, or who are on death row. The group's founder, James McClosky, is meeting with Beach's legal team to form a new plan.

"We're ready to do battle again and try and get this most recent setback righted," says McClosky.

Montana Justice Department officials say Beach was tried and convicted in 1984 based largely on his confession to the crime. They say he has since provided no evidence to irrefutably prove his innocence.    

Even so beach's supporters remain hopeful.

"We still have to remain high and powerful and believe that something good will still come out of it."

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