Billy the Kid pardon upsets family of the sheriff who shot him

October 11, 2010

Billy the Kid was shot dead by lawman Pat Garrett, who put an end to the outlaw's murderous career on July 14, 1881. It has been 130 years since that happened, and New Mexico's current governor, Bill Richardson, is considering granting a pardon that was designed to be given to Billy the Kid by the governor before he was shot by Garrett. Garrett's family descendants are mad at this news saying it is an insult to Garrett.

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid yet again

Billy the Kid murdered a county sheriff in 1879, which is why Garrett had arrested him. According to the Los Angeles Times, William Bonney which is the real name of Billy the Kid, would testify on another murder in exchange for a pardon by the New Mexico Governor Lew Wallace. Billy the Kid testified while the governor decided not to give the pardon. Billy was tried, convicted and sentenced to die. Billy the Kid murdered two deputies on the way to his hanging. A few months later Garrett tracked him down and shot Billy in bed.

Did Billy the Kid really die in there?

Billy the Kid had things come up again when Richardson decided it was his responsibility to discover out whether a pardon really should be issued to Billy the Kid or not. Some individuals wonder if there was someone else in the bed rather than Billy the Kid who Garrett shot which, the Associated Press reports, is what the governor wants investigated. Till 1950, there was someone living in Texas called "Brushy Bill" who many believe could have been Billy the Kid hiding out. Richardson even appointed a Santa Fe lawyer to represent the late outlaw, saying he wanted to clear up the matter once and for all.

Publicity stunt by Bill Richardson

After so numerous years, Garret's family seems mad that Richardson is thinking about the Billy the Kid pardon situation. A letter to Richardson from the Garrett family was shown within the El Paso Times saying the governor was making up stories that no longer show the truth and just how great their ancestor really was. "The history of New Mexico has been permanently disfigured by the element of doubt alone," the Garretts said. Numerous individuals think there is really no point in giving a pardon to somebody well known as an outlaw. "There is no point in restoring the civil rights of a dead man. It is a publicity stunt by the governor." Is what historian Drew Gomber thinks within the El Paso Times.

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