Decision on possible Billy the Kid pardon expected by end of week

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The governor of New Mexico has until Friday to decide whether to pardon outlaw Billy the Kid in the killing of a sheriff.

As of last week, Gov. Bill Richardson had received about 400 responses on a special website dedicated to answering a generations-old question: Should outlaw Billy the Kid get a pardon in the killing of a sheriff?

Richardson, a Billy the Kid buff, is looking at an old promise by another governor, and not the Kid's cold-blooded reputation, in deciding whether to issue a posthumous pardon, officials said.

About 220 people were in favor of the pardon while 180 were against by last week, Witt said.

The governor, who is also reviewing the historical record, has said he will announce a decision after Christmas but by December 31, when his term ends....

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