BATAVIA (STMW) — Despite efforts by a Honolulu prosecutor, an Illinois man convicted of killing an Eastern Illinois University student in 1998 will be allowed to move to Hawaii after he’s released on parole Tuesday.
Justin Boulay, 33, of St. Charles, was sentenced in May 1999 to 24 years in prison for strangling his girlfriend, Andrea Will, with a telephone cord. After serving 12 years, Boulay, 33, is scheduled to be released from the Danville Correctional Center. Boulay plans to move to Hawaii to live with his wife, Rachel, an assistant professor at the University of Hawaii Medical School, who married him while he was in prison.
Boulay’s release has sparked outrage; a Facebook page — Voices for Andrea Faye Will — has more than 1,200 members.
“It’s not like we are looking for revenge,” said Sally Zikas of Tinley Park, who was a sorority friend of Will’s. “But this is such a slap in the face. You can’t just see [Boulay] fly off to paradise without having our say.”
On Tuesday, candlelight vigils will be held in Batavia and at the University of Hawaii.
“I want people to be as outraged as I am,” said Will’s mother, Patty Rosenberg of Batavia. “It’s the only thing I have.”
Last week, Honolulu prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro wrote to Hawaii’s parole director and governor challenging the transfer, saying he’s concerned that there appears to be no valid plan of supervision in place and that young female students attend the school where Boulay’s sponsor — his wife — works.
In noting that Boulay was convicted of killing a female college student, the prosecutor said he was “extremely concerned about the safety of the university’s students and whether supervision of this individual would be sufficient to ensure the safety of the female students on campus.”
According to Honolulu broadcast reports, Boulay’s wife knew him when he lived in St. Charles and was a character witness at his trial.
Kaneshiro said he hadn’t seen the supervision plan and thought Boulay should have to spend time on parole in Illinois to show he would comply with the rules in Hawaii.
But Max Otani, executive director of the Hawaii Paroling Authority, told the Honolulu Star Advertiser that his department will supervise Boulay “like any other inmate from out of state.”
Boulay was Will’s boyfriend from back home and had followed her to EIU, but they broke up. In a note written by Boulay and left at the scene of the murder, Boulay admitted the two had gotten into a fight “over stupid stuff.” When Will told him she was dating others, “I lost it. … I couldn’t let go of her neck,” Boulay wrote.
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