A man who was convicted of raping a woman in 2015 won’t be required to return to prison despite violating the conditions of his parole multiple times. The presiding judge made the decision Monday, citing a new state law that bars her from placing Beau Donaldson behind bars.
Five years ago, Donaldson was sentenced to 30 years in prison after he plead guilty to a 2010 rape. In June 2016, he was released on parole and moved to Bozeman. Since then, Donaldson has racked up multiple parole violations, including drinking on numerous occasions, having a smart phone, visiting bars and using social media.
Under the new law, compliance violations, rather than committing new crimes, limits what Montanan judges can do.
The deputy chief of Donaldson’s parole office said they punished him for the infractions and wanted to continue working with him.