Protesters Angered That Her Killer Was Paroled To Hawaii

HONOLULU -- A convicted killer who had served just half his sentence for murdering his ex-girlfriend arrived in Hawaii Tuesday after being released from an Illinois prison earlier in the day.

Supporters of his victim, Andrea Will, held candlelight vigils in Honolulu and across the country to remember her.

In Illinois Tuesday, hundreds of people showed up for a vigil in honor of Will on the day her killer was released.

Justin Boulay, 33, served just half of his 24-year sentence for murdering Will in 1998 when she was a 19-year-old freshman at Eastern Illinois University.

Will's friends and family chose to focus on her life, not on the man who is getting a second chance to live his.
"She was my only sister and my best friend," said Jessica Will-McCabe, the victim's sister.

"My child is gone, but her spirit lives on in her family, her friends and in all those burning a candle in her memory," said Patricia Rosenberg, the victim's mother.

Boulay was released from Danville Correctional Center in Illinois Tuesday morning. His wife drove a black pickup truck away from the prison with him inside. Prison officials said they were escorted by law enforcement vehicles because death threats had been made against him.

At the state capitol in Honolulu Tuesday night, just nine people showed up at a candlelight vigil, where people read letters of tribute from Andrea Will's friends.

"Andrea experienced only 19 years of life. Yet in the 19 years she had on this planet, she touched more than she will ever know," said Sheri Green, of Waianae.

A box of candles went virtually unused because so few people showed up for the Honolulu tribute.

"It's kind of hurtful when nobody shows up, because it makes it seem like nobody cares," said domestic violence survivor advocate Dara Carlin, who organized the Honolulu tribute.

The crime happened in Illinois 12 years ago and KITV 4 News broke the story in the islands last Monday, so many people in Hawaii don't know much about the case. Still, this domestic violence survivor advocate said that doesn't matter.

"When somebody else's daughter is killed, it should mean something to somebody. So it's not that it had to happen somewhere else, or whether here. The whole point is that it's tragic and that it shouldn't have to happen," Carlin said.

Boulay will live with his wife at an apartment on Waikalani Drive in Mililani. It's on a private road with an entrance protected by a security guard.

His wife is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Hawaii medical school.

Boulay married his wife three years ago, when he was in prison. They were old friends who had dated as teenagers.

Tuesday, Illinois asked Hawaii parole officials to make sure Boulay gets anger management, substance abuse and outpatient mental health treatment, recommending he gets the highest level of supervision possible.

Hawaii is a part of the interstate parole program. The idea is to put parolees in a supportive family environment, usually away from the influences that led their committing crimes.

Hawaii actually benefits from this program, according to local officials, because the state sends about twice as many parolees to the mainland compared to those ex-cons who are sent to the islands.

Boulay was imprisoned in Illinois when state law allowed inmates to cut their sentences by a day for every day of good behavior. Laws now require violent criminals to serve at least 85 percent of their sentences.

(KITV4's Daryl Huff and WLS-TV in Chicago contributed to this report)

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