Alaska Senate race heats up with heinous crime in the spotlight

“On Friday, Begich’s campaign released an ad featuring a retired Anchorage police sergeant standing at the scene of a horrific crime in 2013, in which a man named Jerry Active is accused of beating an elderly couple to death, then sexually assaulting the couple’s 2-year-old granddaughter as well as the girl’s great-grandmother, who has dementia.

Active had previously been sentenced to four years in prison for a 2009 sexual assault attempt, a sentence that should have been eight to 15 years but was shorter because the state failed to identify a prior felony conviction, according to the Anchorage Daily News.”

A quick ad war

CNN Political Ticker

(CNN) — The campaign of Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, is changing a political ad to remove references to a gruesome murder case after the victims’ family called on the campaign to stop using the case for political purposes.

Begich’s Republican challenger, Dan Sullivan, had released his own ad to counter Begich’s commercial, and Sullivan’s campaign agreed to take that ad down as well, in light of the family’s wishes.

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