Family of murder victim fears safety over convicted killer Howard Marnellâ??s release from prison

Howard Marnell

The family of murder victim Sandra Olrich says they are upset with the decision to release Howard Marnell.

Marnell was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for the brutal stabbing murder of Olrich, his 20-year-old sister-in-law, in Jamesville in 1982. The family of both the victim and the killer have been fighting for to keep Marnell locked up. Marnell is now set to be released on parole after previously being denied parole eight times.

Olrichâ??s sister, Cindy Bishop, tells CNYcentral's Jim Kenyon that the family is concerned "for our safety and the community's safety."

"The family does not feel he has rehabilitated," Bishop says.

Lorrie Tilly, also a sister of Olrich, says the family has been in touch with parole officials and are still awaiting word on exactly when Marnell will get out of prison.

Marnell had been scheduled to be released on April 16th, but the parole board rescinded its decision after Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick worked with the family to petition that release.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

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.

Tilly says officials have already informed the family that Marnell will be wearing an ankle bracelet to track his whereabouts during his parole.

Bishop, however, feels an ankle bracelet is not a "catch all," referring to the recent murder of Lori Bresnahan, allegedly by David Renz who was able to remove his ankle bracelet.

Now that Marnell will be getting out of prison, Bishop says, "I hope women take a really good look at his picture and if they see him, run."