HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Instead of prison walls, convicted murderer Justin Boulay of Illinois is now surrounded by sand and surf. On his first full day on Oahu, he headed straight for an appointment at the Hawaii Paroling Authority office in Honolulu.
Hawaii has accepted convicted felons, including killers, from other states before, as they have accepted ours. But perhaps none of them has drawn the public outrage and media spotlight that Boulay has.
Wearing a green T-shirt with a "Wahiawa Town" logo, Illinois murderer Justin Boulay arrived at the Hawaii Paroling Authority in Downtown Honolulu at about 9:20 AM, satisfying his first parole requirement of checking in within 24 hours of his arrival on Oahu.
"Parolees have all served jail time. Eventually, they're all going to have to come out," David Hayakawa, criminal defense attorney, said. "The goal of the parole department is to allow them to succeed, to help them work, to help them keep off drugs, to become law-abiding citizens."
Boulay strangled his ex-girlfriend, Eastern Illinois University student Andrea Will, 18, using a phone cord in 1998.
The 33-year-old was released from an Illinois prison Tuesday, after serving half of his 24-year sentence, and got his parole supervision transferred to Hawaii under the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision.
"There's almost a zero tolerance standard of a parolee messing up," Hayakawa said. "If they mess up, we send them right back to where they came from."
With Boulay, there are eight people convicted of a homicide on the mainland currently under parole supervision in Hawaii. Four killers are from Oregon. Nevada, South Carolina, Washington and now Illinois have each sent one.
Boulay's parole sponsor is his wife of four years, an assistant professor at the University of Hawaii medical school. Since he murdered a coed, his supervision plan includes a provision banning him from visiting any college campus.
"It's always difficult, but, you know, it's the price you pay," Hayakawa said. "You're on parole. You have to toe the line. You're drug tested. You're monitored. We have a very strict parole department here."
After three hours, Boulay emerged from the parole office. We asked what he would like this community to know about him.
"I have no comments," he replied.
Hayakawa, who is not involved with the case, says he hopes the media attention will ease up.
"When we shine these big spotlights and disrupt people's lives, it does not help them integrate into the community," Hayakawa said.
Hawaii paroling officials say acceptance of Boulay's transfer was mandatory because he met all the requirements under the Interstate Compact.