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Family of man killed by single punch in 2017 does not want killer released

Posted: 8:41 AM, Feb 10, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-12 08:31:46-05
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James Michael Beach has been locked up for the last three years on Monday and proclaimed he is a changed man and apologized to the family of the man he killed in downtown Las Vegas with a single punch.
James Michael Beach has been locked up for the last three years on Monday and proclaimed he is a changed man and apologized to the family of the man he killed in downtown Las Vegas with a single punch.
James Michael Beach has been locked up for the last three years on Monday and proclaimed he is a changed man and apologized to the family of the man he killed in downtown Las Vegas with a single punch.
James Michael Beach has been locked up for the last three years on Monday and proclaimed he is a changed man and apologized to the family of the man he killed in downtown Las Vegas with a single punch.
James Michael Beach has been locked up for the last three years on Monday and proclaimed he is a changed man and apologized to the family of the man he killed in downtown Las Vegas with a single punch.
James Michael Beach has been locked up for the last three years on Monday and proclaimed he is a changed man and apologized to the family of the man he killed in downtown Las Vegas with a single punch.
James Michael Beach has been locked up for the last three years on Monday and proclaimed he is a changed man and apologized to the family of the man he killed in downtown Las Vegas with a single punch.
James Michael Beach has been locked up for the last three years on Monday and proclaimed he is a changed man and apologized to the family of the man he killed in downtown Las Vegas with a single punch.
James Michael Beach has been locked up for the last three years on Monday and proclaimed he is a changed man and apologized to the family of the man he killed in downtown Las Vegas with a single punch.

UPDATE: There's no middle ground on this issue.

The family of victim Louis Campos says James Beach is cold blooded and cowardly and still a danger to society.

Every seat was filled for the parole hearing for Beach on Monday morning.

OTHER SIDE: Man convicted in single punch killing says he's a changed man, asks for parole

Beach was sentenced 3 to 10 years for killing Campos with a single punch delivered outside of a Fremont Street nightclub in 2017.

Campos' mother, Joyce Gilbray, told the parole board that although Beach has proven he can behave in a controlled environment, she believes that Beach will harm another innocent person if released.

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During the hearing, the parole board members asked Beach about his checkered past. 18 years ago, he shot a man 7 times and was sentenced 12 months to 10 years for attempted murder.

The victim of that shooting was also at the parole hearing and said that even though he has forgiven Beach, time has not healed all his wounds and he doesn't not believe Beach should be released.

It take 4 of the 7 parole board members to approve parole and the decision can take a few weeks.

The earliest possible release date is May.

ORIGINAL STORY
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- A man sentenced to 3-10 years in prison for a deadly punch in downtown Las Vegas three years ago will have a parole hearing on Monday.

James Beach has been locked up since 2017 after he was arrested for punching Luis Campos in the head on Fremont Street. Campos died from injuries sustained in the incident.

On Feb. 10, Beach will go before the parole board to find out if he can been released early -- potentially May 5. If he's denied, he will have another parole hearing in 2021.

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Watch the full hearing below:

If he's denied again, his sentence expires in January 2022.

Joyce Garibay, Campos' mother, is expected to speak during the hearing, as well as the victim's oldest son.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE FROM 2017:

13 Action New Reporter Joe Bartels is at the hearing. Follow him on Twitter at @Joe_Bartels for real-time updates.