A Pardon for Notorious Outlaw and Folk Hero Billy the Kid?

December 18, 2010

(ChattahBox US News)–Billy the Kid may be finally receiving the pardon that was thought to have been promised to him over a hundred years ago by Territorial Governor Lew Wallace. Outgoing Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson is seriously considering issuing an official pardon, before he leaves office at the end of this year. A trial lawyer from Albuquerque submitted an official petition accompanied with evidence supporting Billy the Kid’s claim that he was promised a pardon in exchange for his testimony against a number of outlaws on trial for murder.

Notorious 19th century teen outlaw and folk hero known as Billy the Kid has inspired a number of books and movies, such as the popular “Young Guns” and “Young Guns II.” Little is known about his early upbringing, but it’s undisputed that he was shot dead on July 14, 1881 by Sheriff Pat Garrett.

The frontier gunman was also known as Henry McCarty, Henry Antrim and William H. Bonney.

“New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, who stands down next month, said his office had received a formal petition, which he will consider and make a decision on before the end of the year.”

“As someone who is fascinated with New Mexico’s rich history, I’ve always been intrigued by the story of Billy the Kid and, in particular, the alleged promise of a pardon he was given by Territorial Governor Lew Wallace,” he said.”

‘”I will diligently review this new petition and all the facts available regarding an agreement between Billy the Kid and Governor Wallace before rendering any decision,” he added.”

Billy the Kid was hunted down and killed when he was just 21.

Miguel Otero Jr., author of “The Real Billy the Kid,” painted a picture of a young man who became a victim of his own often wildly exaggerated legend.

“In looking back to my first meeting with Billy the Kid, my impressions were most favorable and I can honestly say that he was a man more sinned against than sinning,” wrote Otero.

Photo Source: Ben Wittick, Public Domain


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