Convicted murderer Howard Marnell released from prison

Howard Marnell

A convicted murderer is now out of prison after serving 30 years for murdering his sister-in-law.

Howard Marnell, who was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for the brutal stabbing of 20-year-old Sandra Olirch in 1982, was released from state prison Wednesday morning.

After his release from the Mohawk Correctional Facility in Rome, he will stay in Albany County for now, and will be forced to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet. He will need permission from his parole officer to leave the county.

The family of both the victim and the killer had been fighting to keep Marnell locked up. He was recently granted parole after being denied eight times.

Marnell had been scheduled to be released on April 16th, but the parole board rescinded its decision after Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick worked with the family to petition that release.

The parole board decided to review Marnell's case and asked for new statements. On Friday, it was announced that Marnell had been granted parole.

Olrich's sister, Lorrie Tilly, says they have been making requests for conditions on his parole, including that he stay out of the counties where family members live and that he have no contact with them. The family told CNY Central earlier this month that they feared for their safety, and the safety of the community.

Prosecutors said Olrich was stabbed to death by Marnell after refusing his sexual advances.