Newsmakers: Family of Katy Hawelka, student killed on Clarkson campus in 1986, discusses parole process to keep her killer locked up


(WSYR-TV) — On this edition of Newsmakers, Dan Cummings continues his conversation with the family of Katy Hawelka, a young woman who was sexually assaulted and murdered on the Clarkson University campus in 1986.

Her killer, Brian McCarthy faces his 7th parole hearing in April 2021. He’s continued to lie about the crime and show no remorse, and yet, every two years the Hawelka family must testify to parole boards hoping they’ll keep him locked up.

In this interview, Katy’s siblings talk about the parole process and the family’s attorney evaluates parole reform being proposed in Albany.

Newsmakers will air on NewsChannel 9 and in the video player above Friday at 12:30 p.m.

Part 1 of the conversation with Katy Hawelka’s family can be viewed by clicking here.

The family of Katy Hawelka has a Facebook group that asks for your support to keep convicted murderer Brian M. McCarthy behind bars.

To oppose release for parole, letters of support can be emailed by clicking the link below. Please input your personal information as well as the inmate’s DIN number along with his first and last name. This information is required in order for your letter to be submitted.

DIN #: 87D0088

Last name: McCarthy

First name: Brian

Subject of your email: Deny Parole to Inmate 87D0088

The context of your email should be typed in the “Comments” box.

You can also sign the petition to keep McCarthy behind bars by clicking here.

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