130 yrs on, legendary outlaw ‘Billy the Kid’ denied posthumous pardonJanuary 1st, 2011 - 12:43 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan 1 (ANI): Henry McCarty, better known as Billy the Kid- one of the New Mexico’s most famous Old West Outlaws- has been denied a posthumous pardon 130 years after his death.
The Kid was a ranch hand and gunslinger in the bloody Lincoln County War, a feud between factions vying to dominate the dry goods business and cattle trading in southern New Mexico.
He killed at least three lawmen and tried to cut a deal from jail with territorial authorities nearly 130 years ago, reports the Daily Mail.
Albuquerque attorney Randi McGinn submitted a formal petition for a pardon arguing that Territorial Governor Lew Wallace had promised to forgive the Kid for testifying about the 1878 killing of Lincoln County Sheriff William Brady.
But Governor Bill Richardson decided it was not warranted. He told ABC’s Good Morning America today that the notorious outlaw would not be forgiven.
Staff members have said there were no written documents ‘pertaining in any way’ to a pardon in the papers of the territorial governor, Lew Wallace, who served in office from 1878 to 1881.
It had been claimed that Billy the Kid was shot dead by Sheriff Pat Garrett in 1881 despite being promised clemency for testifying in a murder case.
He was killed a few months after escaping from jail. (ANI)
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