Victim’s Mother Campaigns For Murder Registry Law

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS/WBBM) — Some convicted murderers in Illinois could have to register like sex offenders, if a state proposal becomes law.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Nancy Harty reports, the bill was first introduced in January by state Rep. Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst.)

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Nancy Harty reports

It would require those who were convicted of first-degree murder in Illinois before June 1998, and convicted murderers who move to Illinois after leaving prison, to report their whereabouts to state officials for 10 years after release.

It was prompted by the release Nov. 16 of Justin Boulay, 33, who had served half of a 24-year sentence for the February 1998 murder of his ex-girlfriend, 18-year-old Andrea Will.

The reason he was released early was a provision in Illinois law before 1998, in which prisoners got one day off their sentence for every day they served in prison, CBS 2 Legal Analyst Irv Miller explained at the time.

Upon his release, Boulay went off to Hawaii to live with his wife, an assistant university professor whom he married behind bars.

Now, Will’s mother, Patricia Rosenberg, says the proposed registry law would finally serve justice for her daughter.

“The fact that they will be accountable for their crimes 10 years beyond their release date from prison, to me, will help ensure that they’ve truly acclimated themselves into society,” she said.

Rosenberg, of Batavia, testified before a legislative panel in Springfield Thursday.

  • This Guys a PUNK

    how f_cking SAD !!! This chick dead cuz the guy a nut job, how someone else could marry him is beyond thought !!!! If the dead gal was my sister Justin Boulay AND his family would all be dead….. They His P’s brought him into this world, They part blame…… I take 6 eyes for an eye !!!!

  • RIP Andrea

    She says her son, now 33, was originally supposed to spend a few days in Delton before leaving for Hawaii. Those plans changed under intense media pressure and death threats.

    YES !!!!! Love It… Hers to hoping very very very bad luck to entire Boulay Family…

  • jstcnw

    I think this law would be a very good thing. Sex offenders currently have a harder punishment than murderers.

  • DWG

    I think all murderers should be registered: IN JAIL.

  • greg55

    I want to see a registry for drunk drivers and for people how write bad checks….I lose thousands of dollars a year to bad check writers in my business this could be very helpful to us all….and registry for drunk drivers will warn parents to look out for neighbors that drive drubk…protecting the children of the neighborhood

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  • Judi

    For those who there is no unreasonable measure of being found not guilty should never be allowed to murder again. If it feels good once, then it will be okay for another and another. But here we go in America AGAIN!!!

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