Man convicted of 1975 murder seeks county office

A man who spent most of his life in prison for a four-decade-old murder is seeking a seat on the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, and said he hopes to put his life behind bars behind him.
AP Wire
Apr 29, 2014

Larry Timothy O'Neill, 56, said he "made a terrible mistake when I was 18 years old."

He was paroled last May after pleading guilty to second-degree murder for the shooting death of 31-year-old Derwood McComb in 1975.

"I was a kid. I am no longer a kid," he said. "I got a life, a 2-year-old son and own the house I live in."

The Democratic candidate shot McComb in the head with a rifle, then called police and confessed. O'Neill led investigators to where he dumped McComb in Summit Township; the man died later at an Ann Arbor hospital.

O'Neill was initially charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of second-degree murder.

He said boosting low-income housing is his priority and he'll ask voters for other ideas.

He faces fellow Democrats Adam Shelton and Daniel Mahoney in an August primary. Mahoney is the nephew of current Commissioner Gail Mahoney, who has served for 20 years but said she would not seek re-election.

Comments

Vast Right Wing...

At least he's more honest than the current demoncrats in the white house.

zwesterhouse

Well Hey - he aint any different than any of the other cronies they have in office. Wait 1 thing - he did get caught. But so what - vote for him anyway. At least he is more transparent.

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