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Hawaii paroling officials modify supervision plan for convicted killer from Illinois

Karen Edwards Karen Edwards
Andrea Will Andrea Will
Sally Zikas Sally Zikas
Justin Boulay Justin Boulay
Keith Kaneshiro Keith Kaneshiro

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii Paroling Authority has modified the supervision plan for an Illinois convicted killer who is preparing to move to Hawaii.

After serving half of his 24-year sentence, Justin Boulay is hours away from being released from prison and is scheduled to arrive on Oahu next Monday to live with his wife, a University of Hawaii faculty member.

"Whenever you transfer a murderer to Hawaii, I'm not comfortable about that," Keith Kaneshiro, Honolulu prosecutor, said. "There's no plan that's going to guarantee safety."

Honolulu prosecutors say Boulay, 33, should remain in Illinois for some period of time to show that he can follow the conditions of parole before he is transferred to another state. The victim's family is also against the move.

After being locked up for 12 years, Boulay is getting ready to start a new life on Oahu, possibly in Mililani. Not everyone in that community is adamantly opposed to his arrival.

"I would just need to know more about the case and what happened and what he's like now because, in 12 years, a lot could have change in his life," Karen Edwards, Mililani resident, said.

Using a phone cord, Boulay strangled his ex-girlfriend, Eastern Illinois University student Andrea Will, 18, in a Charleston apartment in 1998. The victim's family and friends are outraged that the killer's parole supervision is being transferred to Hawaii.

"It's to think that some woman married him and because of that, he gets to fly off to paradise and start a whole new life," Sally Zikas, victim's sorority sister, said.

Boulay got hitched while incarcerated. His wife and parole sponsor is an assistant professor and researcher at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine.

"The safety of our campus community is, of course, the top priority as far as we're concerned," Gregg Takayama, UH spokesperson, said.

Kaneshiro says he's especially concerned because the murder victim was a coed.

"My concern was the students, the University of Hawaii, and also the general public regarding their safety," Kaneshiro said.

The Hawaii Paroling Authority, which will oversee Boulay, has revised the supervision plan to address the concerns of Honolulu prosecutors and UH officials.

"They intend to impose a geographic restriction on Mr. Boulay," Takayama said. "In other words, he'll be restricted from being allowed to enter any college campus in Hawaii."

Unlike convicted sex offenders, a convicted killer is not required to notify a neighborhood that he's moving into it.

"I would hate to think that someone was tracking my movements, and telling people where I was going and what I was doing, especially if I had made a change in my life," Edwards said. "Of course, if Charles Manson was moving in, I would definitely want to know that."

Paroling officials say there are already seven people convicted of a homicide on the mainland who are currently on parole and being supervised in Hawaii.

Candlelight vigils will be held in Illinois and at the Hawaii State Capitol Tuesday, the day of Boulay's prison release.

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