HUDSON, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Some in Columbia County are voicing their concerns as a man who was convicted of murdering and sexually abusing a woman in the 1980s is set to be released from prison. After 33 years behind bars, William Maxwell could be a free man in just days.

“I’m unhappy. Actually, I’m shocked,” said Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka.

According to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Maxwell, who is now 56, was paroled and could be released as early as July 11th. It comes 33 years after he was convicted for second-degree murder and aggravated sexual abuse.

That conviction came in 1989 after the brutal murder of Penny Almstead in Hudson. Czajka says