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The Convicted Murderer Running for City Council



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A headline you don’t see often: “Man convicted in 1997 murder case running for Colorado Springs council.”

If you’re wondering how this candidate can be walking the streets . . .

Flakes served 12 years and five months in prison for his involvement in the shooting deaths of Andy Westbay, 13, and Scott Hawrysiak, 15.

Westbay and Hawrysiak were gunned down on Valentine’s Day while walking home after playing video games at a friend’s house.

Authorities at trial alleged that Flakes, 16 at the time, and Jeron Grant, then 17, drove up behind the boys on Canoe Creek Drive and that Grant got out and shot them with a 12-gauge shotgun.

Neither Flakes nor Grant was convicted of pulling the trigger, which enraged the community. Instead, juries in separate trials convicted each of accessory to murder.

I guess Flakes can count on his opponents’ going negative, huh?


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