WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – The man convicted of killing his classmate in Watkins Glen nearly 20 years ago has lost his first bid for parole.

Joshua Horein, who was 16 at the time of the murder, beat 15-year-old Amber Brockway to death on August 5, 2000. In 2001, he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years to life in state prison.

Horein never gave a motive for killing Amber other than telling the court he “just snapped”. Last month, he appeared before the parole board for a hearing; however, according to our media partner The Star Gazette, that request was recently denied.

He will have another opportunity for a hearing in April 2020.

As WENY News reported, Schuyler County DA Joseph Fazzary, who prosecuted the original case, wrote a letter to the parole board in the summer arguing against Horein's release.