Man convicted in Rimini killing gets 100 years in prison

Brandon Beckman received a 100-year sentence in Montana State Prison for his role in the 2022 killing and robbing of Michael Biggs near a Rimini campsite during a hearing Wednesday in Helena.

District Court Judge Christopher Abbott granted the prosecution its requested sentence with little modification.

Brandon Beckman, center, confers with his defense attorney Samuel L. Martin III, right, Wednesday morning in Montana First District Court following his sentencing to 100 years in state prison.

NOLAN LISTER

Abbott told Beckman before handing down the sentence that he understands Beckman likely has mental health issues that have never been fully addressed, longstanding substance abuse issues and that Beckman comes from a socioeconomic background “that hasn’t given him a lot of advantages in life and partially explains why we’re here.”

Abbott also noted Beckman has five children. Two are being cared for by Beckman’s father in Washington and three are in the Washington foster care system.

Judge Christopher Abbott

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record file photo

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