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 The governor of New Mexico has 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?

Gov. Bill Richardson, called 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.

“I think he will take the responses into account, particularly the learned responses,” Richardson’s deputy chief of staff, Eric Witt, said Wednesday.

So far, about 220 people are in favor of the pardon, while 180 are against, Witt said.

Those interested have until December 26 to belly up to the bar and weigh in. 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.

Billy the Kid, born Henry McCarty, also known as William H. Bonney and Henry Antrim, died at the hands of another sheriff, Pat Garrett, when he was only 21.

The governor of New Mexico has 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?

Gov. Bill Richardson, called 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.

“I think he will take the responses into account, particularly the learned responses,” Richardson’s deputy chief of staff, Eric Witt, said Wednesday.

So far, about 220 people are in favor of the pardon, while 180 are against, Witt said.

Those interested have until December 26 to belly up to the bar and weigh in. 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.

Billy the Kid, born Henry McCarty, also known as William H. Bonney and Henry Antrim, died at the hands of another sheriff, Pat Garrett, when he was only 21.

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