Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- Convicted killer Howard Marnell’s April 16 release has been rescinded, according to Sandra Olrich’s family.
Marnell murdered Olrich 30 years ago in her Jamesville home, beating and stabbing her to death after she rejected his sexual advances. He was sentenced to 15 years to Life in prison in 1983. Parole was denied eight times over the years with commissioners suggesting his release was not safe for the public due to the brutality of the crime.
Last month, a parole board decided to grant Marnell's release citing time served, good behavior and letters of support
from friends, potential employers, and the sentencing judge. The decision devastated members of Olrich's family. Marnell's own brother and daughter publicly opposed his release, calling him dangerous.
A Facebook page
was created by the victim's family to gather support in their quest to reverse the parole board's decision. Tuesday night, a post appeared: "We have a small, but VERY SIGNFICANT, victory to report!!! Howard Marnell’s April 16th release has been rescinded! The parole board will have another hearing in May to decide whether to grant him parole."
Marnell's daughter confirmed the news, saying the family is relieved. Jessica Ward was a toddler when her biological father killed her aunt and she's tried to block out the personal connection to a convicted killer throughout her life. Marnell's wife was pregnant when he was arrested. He agreed to release both of his children for adoption by a stepfather. "Thank you all so much for your emails, comments, and letters. Your support has been awesome!!!! Keep it coming. Let’s keep this deranged killer behind bars!!!" the Facebook post continued.
Marnell's brother and several other family members are moving forward with a trip to Albany Wednesday morning, hoping to finalize the decision to keep him behind bars. They'll meet with representatives and carry letters from District Attorney William Fitzpatrick and State Senator David Valesky, who have informed the New York State Parole Division that they oppose Marnell's release.