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Bill to abolish death penalty in Montana fails after tie vote

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A bill to end Montana's death penalty stalled Monday with a tie vote in the House.

House Bill 370, sponsored by Missoula Rep. Doc Moore (R), would have replaced the death penalty with life in prison without parole.

The House voted 50-50, defeating it.

Roundup Rep. Tom Berry (R) described his feelings about the murder of his son.

"Now you put him in prison without parole, why won't he kill again? A prison guard, another prisoner. It happens, people. All this bill does is reward their murderer," Berry said. "Handicap the prosecution and victimize, penalize victims like me." 

The tie vote could be reconsidered if 51 representatives vote to do so.

Montana remains one of 32 states who use the death penalty in the United States.


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