Bad news for Canadian on death row: bid to abolish death penalty fails in Montana

CALGARY – A proposal to abolish Montana’s death penalty has failed again — bad news for Canadian Ronald Smith, who has been on death row in the United States for 30 years.

A bill to repeal capital punishment and replace it with life in prison was introduced in the lower house of Montana’s two-tier legislature.

But it once again didn’t get past a judiciary committee, which voted to table the bill.

It’s the same body that stalled a similar proposal that made it all the way to the senate in 2009 and 2011.

Smith, who is 55, has been facing execution since he admitted to shooting two cousins near East Glacier, Mont., in 1982.

He has a request for clemency before Montana’s governor.