Jan 2, 2013 11:28 PM by Eric Ross

Convicted felon in double homicide running for City Council

COLORADO SPRINGS- The murders of two innocent boys more than a decade ago angered the entire community.

Now, Gary Flakes, one of the men involved in that double homicide announced he's running for a seat on City Council.

Flakes, 32, said Wednesday he's running for District 4.

Now, many are questioning what his true intentions are if elected.

On Valentines Day in 1997, Andy Westbay,13, and Scott Hawyrsiak, 15, were ambushed as they walked home from a friend's house.

Both died from shotgun wounds.

Colorado Springs Police later learned the shootings were completely random.

A Crimstoppers tip led detectives to Jeron Grant and Gary Flakes.

Flakes pleaded guilty to being an accessory to the murders and spent 12 years behind bars.

Now he's out and running for office.

"I'm more mature now," Flakes said. "I'm an adult."

He held his campaign speech at the Sand Creek Public Library at 6 p.m.

Both supporters and opponents showed up.

"I don't find 12 years in prison as a good resume," Cindy Lyons said. "I just have a huge trust issue."

Lyons' son was friends with Westbay and Hawyrsiak.

Wednesday's announcement only opened up old wounds.

For folks like Dennis Apuan, the past is behind him.

"I think the man deserves a second chance," he said. "He really wants to make a positive change in the community and is a really good listener.

But Flakes' listening skills sure didn't show. He refused to answer several questions from both the public and media.

After his speech ended, News 5 asked Flakes for further comment.

He informed us he was done answering questions and left the building.

The City Attorney's office is currently going over legal paperwork to see whether Flakes can run for office with him being a convicted felon.

In 2001, City Council passed an ordinance banning felons from running for office.

However, that ordinance was repealed two months later.

Stay with News 5 and for the latest updates on this story.



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