Thursday, February 23, 2012

Article: New Law Forces Local Murderer to Register With Police

A local parolee convicted of murder has registered with Tinley Park police in compliance with a new law that took effect Jan. 1, 2012.

Andrea’s Law, named after Andrea Willis, an Eastern Illinois University student killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1998, creates a first-degree murderer database, similar to the Illinois Sex Offender Registry. The database also includes those convicted of general violent crimes against youth.

Willis' ex-boyfriend, Justin Boulay, formerly of St. Charles, was convicted of strangling the 19-year-old Batavia woman to death while both were students at EIU. Boulay was sentenced to 24 years in prison before a change to the state’s “Truth in Sentencing” system that required those convicted of crimes to serve 85 percent of court-imposed sentences.

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Under Andrea’s Law, convicted offenders are required to be on the Illinois Murderers and Violent Offenders Youth Registry for 10 years upon their release from prison.

According to police reports, Tinley Park resident Michael Nolan, 57, is among that group. Now a resident of the 17100 block of 71st Avenue, he was convicted in 1981 of two counts of murder with intent to kill or injure, according to Illinois State Police. He was released and granted parole in 2007.

Nolan was 20 years old at the time of the offense — November 1974 — and his female victim, who was also his girlfriend, was 17, according to state records. The murder reportedly occurred in Chicago.

The registry lists Nolan as “compliant.” That means that since the new year, he's stopped at the Tinley Park police station to register as an Illinois murderer. An officer makes a copy of offenders' state IDs during the process, completes required registration forms and forwards information to investigators.

State Rep. Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst) sponsored Andrea’s Law, which was signed into law by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn last July, as reported by Batavia Patch.

At the time the bill was introduced in the state house, Reboletti said, “We currently have the right to know when a convicted sexual offender moves into our neighborhood and it should be the same for someone convicted of murder.”

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