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NM governor declines to pardon Billy the Kid

December 31, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has declined to issue a pardon to Old West outlaw Billy the Kid. The proposed pardon covers the 1878 killing of a county sheriff. The prospect of the pardon centers on whether Billy the Kid had been promised a pardon from New Mexico's territorial governor in return for testimony in other killings.

Richardson told "Good Morning America" that he felt the facts of the case didn't support a pardon.

Billy the Kid was shot to death in 1881 at the age of 21, just a few months after escaping from jail.

According to legend, he killed 21 people, one for each year of his life, but officials put the total closer to nine.

The Associated Press contributed to this report