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Man convicted of 1975 murder seeks county office

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - A man who spent most of his life in prison for a four-decade-old murder seeks a seat on the Jackson County Board of Commissioners.
   
The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports (http://bit.ly/QQMBKl ) Monday that 56-year-old Larry O'Neill aims to put his life behind bars behind him. He was paroled last May after pleading guilty to second-degree murder for the shooting death of 31-year-old Derwood McComb in 1975.
   
O'Neill says he "made a terrible mistake when I was 18 years old." The Democratic candidate says he has a 2-year-old son and owns his house.
   
He says boosting low-income housing is his priority and he'll ask voters for other ideas.
   
O'Neill called police after the shooting and confessed. He led investigators to where he dumped McComb in Summit Township.
   
McComb died at a hospital.