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Convicted Murderer Running For Office

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JACKSON COUNTY, MI (WLNS) - Larry O'Neill first made headlines in 1975 after the 18-year-old shot a 31-year-old man in the head and killed him. O’Neill was convicted of second degree murder.

Now his name has re-appeared in the headlines, last week the now 56-year-old man entered the race for Jackson County’s seventh district Commissioner.
In his first on-camera interview, O’Neill says the 18-year-old kid who shot and killed a man is not the same person as the one running for office.

"I was young and I was stupid. I did a terrible thing and I am sorry for what I did,” O’Neill said.
O’Neill spent 34 years behind bars. He got off parole in May 2013.

When asked how he believes voters will respond to the fact that he is a convicted killer, O’Neill says he hopes they will judge him for what he has become, not who he was.

“I'm hoping they can look at it and say okay, he was a problem child, he made a bad mistake, a bad decision and did his time for it. Maybe he can change. Maybe he has changed.”

O’Neill, who has been married for four years and now has a two-year-old child, says if elected he would focus on curbing homelessness and poverty in Jackson, Michigan.

O’Neill says his message to voters is a simple one, “Please don't judge me on what I was, judge me on what I am now."
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