andrea_faye_willsPatty Rosenberg wanted outrage, and she got it.

After my column Oct. 27 about the upcoming early release from prison of Rosenberg's daughter's murderer, a national movement was launched to draw attention to, if not prevent, what many see as a "grave injustice."

The thunder of those angry protests can be read on a Facebook page — Voices for Andrea Faye Wills — that, as of Tuesday afternoon, has more than 1,200 members. Many are Sigma Kappa sorority sisters of Andrea, the young woman from Batavia who was a freshman at Eastern Illinois University when she was strangled with a telephone cord in 1998 by her former boyfriend, Justin Boulay of St. Charles.

This outrage has not only gone national, it's crossed an ocean.

In addition to Boulay's shortened prison term, Andrea Will's friends and family are disgusted by the fact her now 33-year-old killer will be moving to Hawaii, where he will live with his wife, an assistant professor at the University of Hawaii, who married him while he was in prison.

"It's not like we are looking for revenge," said Sally Zikas, a close sorority friend of Andrea's, who now lives in Tinley Park. "But this is such a slap in the face. You can't just see (Boulay) fly off to paradise without having our say."

When Daryl Huff, a reporter with ABC affiliate KITV 4 of Hawaii, called me on Friday as the story was breaking there on the island, he said the news has not set well with Honolulu Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro.

In the broadcast that was aired Monday evening, Hawaiian officials indicated their disapproval, but said their "hands are tied." Under rules of the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision, the receiving state cannot refuse such a transfer as long as the parolee has family and a means of support.

But on Tuesday, in a letter to the Hawaii Paroling Authority, Kaneshiro outright rejected the request for the transfer of Boulay — not only because there appears to be no valid plan of supervision in place, but because he is concerned that Boulay's sponsor is a professor at the University of Hawaii Medical School, where the student body is comprised of young female coeds.

In noting that Boulay was convicted of murdering a coed, the prosecutor said he was "extremely concerned about the safety of the university's students, and whether supervision of this individual would be sufficient to insure the safety of the female students on campus."

(According to the broadcast, Boulay's wife knew him when he lived in St. Charles and was a character witness at his trial. My attempts to reach her were unsuccessful.)

Boulay is scheduled to walk out of Danville Correctional Facility next Tuesday, the same day Patty Rosenberg is planning a candlelight vigil on the Riverwalk in Batavia. I'll be writing more about Andrea Will's memorial — which has also gone national — on Sunday.

While she's busy putting together this event in her daughter's memory, Rosenberg, who has been overwhelmed by support since this story broke, told me she was more than happy to be interviewed by the KITV reporter. She wants her outrage to be heard loud and clear, and as far as possible.

"It took four-and-a-half minutes for him to strangle the life out of her," Rosenberg said in the phone interview with Huff that was aired Monday. Then later: "I was told that I could have every petition on the planet and nothing would keep him from leaving that prison."

Illinois may have rejected her attempts at justice. But in Hawaii, they are listening.


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