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Man convicted in brutal Jamesville murder to be released from prison

In 1982, Howard Marnell snuffed out the life of his 20-year-old sister-in-law in her Jamesville home.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – In 1982, Howard Marnell snuffed out the life of his 20-year-old sister-in-law in her Jamesville home.

31 years later, he will soon be free.

On Friday, a parole board determined that he should be let out of prison pending an approval of a residency plan.

In April, he was granted parole, but it was rescinded because of opposition from members of his own family as well as the family of the victim. Marnell was married to Olrich's sister at the time of the murder.

The decision to parole him, however, was upheld during a rescission hear on Friday.

Marnell was denied parole on eight previous occasions since his conviction in 1983 in the brutal murder of Sandra Olrich.

Marnell attacked and repeatedly stabbed the woman when she refused his sexual advances.

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