The Billy the Kid pardon died not in a hail of gunfire, but rather with a quiet putting to rest. Despite much debate and media attention, there will be no pardon for Billy the Kid.
Outgoing New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson leaves office today, and there was much speculation as to whether the Billy the Kid buff would pardon the Old West's most famous outlaw. In his last weeks as governor, Richardson put considerable effort into and rustled up considerable debate over the proposed Billy the Kid pardon. In the end, the gunslinger born William Henry McCarty was not pardoned.