Man convicted in Brian Beaver’s death reports to jail after two-year wait


More than two years after the death of Brian Beaver of Aberdeen in a traffic accident in Missoula, Mont., the man convicted in his death has reported to begin his sentence, The Missoulian newspaper reported.

Brian Holm, 52, had been convicted in 2011 in the death of Beaver after his car veered across oncoming trafic and struck Beaver while he was walking with friends in Missoula in November of 2010. Holm was legally drunk and had taken several prescription medications. He was found guilty of vehicular homicide while under the influence and sentenced to 30 years in prison with 15 years suspended.

Holm’s sentence was delayed after he filed a motion in court and had heart surgery. He had also requested more recovery time before he began serving his sentence. That request was denied. Holm reported to the Missoula County Jail on Tuesday to begin the process of serving his sentence.

Beaver had been on a trip to Yellowstone National Park with friends when they stopped in Missoula for the night. He was married and had a 3-year-old son.