Family of Jamesville woman murdered in 1982 outraged that killer is being released from prison

Howard Marnell

The family of a Jamesville woman murdered back in 1982 is outraged that the killer is about to be released from prison.

21-year-old Sandra Olrich was beaten and stabbed to death on August 5, 1982 at a home in Jamesville. Howard Marnell, now 52, has spent the last 30 years in prison for her murder. He was 22-years-old at the time and Olrich's brother-in-law. He was sentenced to 15 years to life for murder is currently behind bars at the Mohawk Correctional Facility. According to the New York State Department of Corrections, Marnell was first eligible for parole in 1997. He was denied parole on eight separate occasions. He appeared before the Parole Board last month and was granted release. He is scheduled to be released from prison on or about April 16.

Olrich's family contacted CNYCentral, outraged that Marnell is going to be released from prison, saying he is a great danger to women and society. "Because of Marnell's history, it is our believe that he is a habitual predator, and a great danger to women and society. We strongly believe it is just a matter of time before Marnell hurts someone else," the family said.

Read the conditions of parole

In our Talk Tonight on NBC3, Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick who prosecuted the case, spoke about the parole board's decision.

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