Man convicted in Valentine's Day double murder, Gary Flakes, runs for Colorado Springs City Council

Flakes spent 12 years in prison

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A man convicted of being an accessory to murder in the deaths of two teenagers in 1997 says he's running for Colorado Springs City Council, drawing criticism from the victims' supporters.

Gary Flakes, 32, announced his candidacy Wednesday.

The murders happened on Valentine's Day 1997. 13-year-old Andy Westbay and 15-year-old Scott Hawrysiak were walking home from playing video games with friends.

Flakes, then 16, reportedly told police that he and then 17-year-old Jerone Grant said the boys walking down the street when Grant pulled a 12-gauge shotgun from the back seat and shot and killed the boys.

Both Flakes and Grant were convicted of being an accessory to murder.

Flakes served 12 years, Grant is still in prison.

Flakes says he has changed his life. He is now the principal owner of Infinite Mind Consulting.

City officials are researching whether felons can serve on the City Council.

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