WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WETM) – The man convicted of killing a 15-year-old girl in Watkins Glen in 2000 has been denied parole again.

Joshua Horein pled guilty to killing Amber Brockway 21 years ago when he was only 16 at the time. He was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the killing.

The NY Department of Corrections and Community Supervision confirmed with 18 News that Horein’s parole hearing was on December 13.

The Schuyler County District Attorney gave 18 News the following statement:

The District Attorney’s Office and Amber’s family have now successfully argued against parole for Horein four times in a little more than two years. Ordinarily an inmate may only seek parole every two years. For various reasons, Horein has been granted the right to apply early and to continue to apply for release in short intervals by the Division of Parole. Apparently, Horein will be eligible for parole release again in June of 2022. Obviously, we are pleased with the Board’s decision to keep Horein in jail. That is where he belongs. Amber’s family is relieved and will continue its fight to keep Horein behind bars for many years. We are truly sorry that Amber’s mother, Joanne, and her extended family have to continue to go through this process every six months, but we will continue to stand with them every time they go through this exhausting and debilitating process.

Schuyler County District Attorney Joseph Fazzary
Amber Brockway 15-years-old

This hearing came unexpectedly after his previous appearance before the parole board in March 2021, and his next appearance had been scheduled for June 2022.

Horein is now in his mid-30s, is being held in Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon.