Carolyn Warmus, the schoolteacher convicted of the 1989 murder of her lover’s wife in Greenburgh, has been granted parole and will be released from Bedford Hills prison as early as June 10.
The case was one of the most sensational in Westchester.
Warmus, 55, who was sentenced to the maximum, 25-years to life in 1992, has always maintained her innocence in the slaying of Betty Jean Solomon. In recent years she sought new avenues for appeal and the DNA testing of key evidence in the case. Following an interview this week, a three-member panel of the state Parole Board granted her release.
A lawyer for Warmus could not immediately be reached for comment. Reached by phone, the victim's husband, Paul Solomon, said he learned Friday morning about the decision. He declined to comment about it.
Warmus, a Michigan native whose father was a millionaire, was 23 in September 1987 when she began teaching computers at Greenville Elementary School in Edgemont. She soon started an affair with Paul Solomon, a 40-year-old sixth-grade teacher at the school.
On Jan. 15, 1989, Betty Jeanne Solomon was shot nine times in her home in the Scarsdale Ridge development just off Central Avenue in Greenburgh.
Eight months after the killing, Warmus followed Solomon and his new girlfriend to Puerto Rico where they were vacationing. And while Solomon was the initial suspect in the case, Warmus was indicted in the killing in February 1990.
Warmus’s first trial in 1991 ended in a hung jury after 12 days of deliberations, with jurors deadlocked 8-4 in favor of conviction. She was found guilty of second-degree murder a year later after a second trial that featured a controversial piece of evidence: a black glove prosecutors linked to Warmus that Solomon found in his house three years after the killing.
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Carolyn Warmus, 55, will be released from prison as early as June 10 after spending nearly 27 years behind bars.
The husband had a new girlfriend pretty quickly after his side Vag killed his wife.