Convicted murderer running for U.S. Senate in Minnesota

On this day: January 17
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1977: Convicted murderer Gary Gilmore is executed by a firing squad in Utah, ending a nearly 10-year moratorium on capital punishment in the United States.

A Minnesota man who is serving life in prison for a double murder is now a candidate for U.S. Senate.

Leonard J. Richards, 75, is serving time for the murder of his half-sister, May Wilson, in 1982, and his attorney, Robert Stratton, in 1987. Minnesota law permits felons to run for office as long as they are of a certain age and live in the state on election day.

Richards, running to unseat Democratic incumbent Amy Klobuchar, has already run for office several times. Richards first ran for a seat in the House of Representatives in 1992, receiving more than 14,500 votes. He then ran for Senate in 1994, receiving 4,000 votes in the primary.

Minnesota law only allows for felons to run for federal offices.

Stratton’s sister told the Minneapolis Star Tribune she hopes voters will learn of Richards’ past before casting a ballot.