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article imageNew Mexico: Billy the Kid problem for Richardson

By Gibril Koroma     Nov 14, 2010 in Crime
Maybe a pardon is on the way for the legendary Wild Wild West sharpshooter, Billy the Kid. Maybe not. It all depends on New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.
An Agence-France report published by the Calgary Herald reports that time is running out for Richardson who leaves office next January at the end of his term.
Billy the Kid also known as Henry McCarty, Henry Antrim and William H. Bonney, was considered an outlaw in his day; but he was also loved by many even then and now. He was accused of having shot and killed a number of people and was being sought by the law when he was gunned down by a sheriff Patrick "Pat" Floyd Garrett in the 19th century.
Something like a folk hero (a Robin Hood of the West), Billy's supporters want him to be pardoned, over a 100 years after his death but Garret's descendants are opposing the idea. So the problem here is whether Billy was indeed a hero or merits a pardon. Governor Richardson seems to find the issue highly problematic and there are speculations that he would like to pass it on to his successor.
Billy's story, like that of Robin Hood, has inspired a lot of books and movies(see video), with varying narratives and "facts" about his genealogy and life and even the way he died.
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