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Helena man sentenced for role in Rimini killing

Body found near Rimini under suspicious circumstances
Posted at 2:09 PM, Oct 21, 2023
and last updated 2023-10-21 16:10:13-04

HELENA — Brandon Beckman of Helena was sentenced this week to 100 years in the Montana State Prison for his role in the killing and robbery of Michael Biggs near Rimini in January of 2022.

A trial for Beckman was held in August; Judge Christopher Abbott presided.

A jury found Beckman guilty of being culpable of the death of Biggs by participating in the robbery of Biggs, although the jury found him not guilty of deliberate homicide. He was also found guilty of tampering with evidence.

Brandon Beckman

In January of 2022, Beckman and Robert Harvel are accused of driving Biggs to Moose Creek Campground near Rimini under false pretenses of a drug deal, then killing him and taking his money.

Biggs' body was discovered on January 14 by a snowmobiler. He had sustained a gunshot wound to the back of the head and was covered with a small amount of snow.

A caller also reported to law enforcement they had helped individuals who matched the description of Beckman and Harvel in the area get unstuck from the snow.

The caller said the two people were acting nervous and provided a description of a vehicle that matched Harvel’s.

In his sentencing, Judge Abbott sentenced also recommended Beckman not be eligible for parole until completing drug abuse treatment. Beckman, who is 38, would not be eligible for parole until his 60s if his sentence isn’t modified.

Harvel, who has also been charged with deliberate homicide in the death of Biggs, is still awaiting trial.