LA JUNTA, Colo. (CBS4) – An admitted murderer was elected to serve on the East Otero School Board in La Junta.
Thomas Seaba pleaded guilty to murdering a fellow Marine in the 90s. A detective on the case said Seaba shot the victim five times.READ MORE: Woman Dies After Jumping From Car On Highway 6 Near Golden, Road Now Closed
Seaba moved back to Colorado after getting out of jail and got a job with La Junta’s Wastewater Department.
His past was well known during the school board race.READ MORE: Colorado Weather: Turning Windy Monday With Fire Danger West, Cold And Snow East
“Although, it was obvious a set of horrific mistakes compounding on one another which led to me serving time in prison,” said Seaba.
The East Otero School District’s superintendent, Rick Lovato, said “We researched to see what the criteria was. It is not outside of the rights for a person with a felony conviction to run for the office.”
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Lovato says the district will not interfere with the voters’ decision.