WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- A former Edgemont school teacher and convicted killer is about to get her first chance to get out of prison, according to a report by lohud.com.
Carolyn Warmus, now 53, was sentenced to 25 years to life in 1992 for fatally shooting Greenburgh resident Betty Jeanne Solomon, the wife of her lover, Paul Solomon, who she had met when they both were teaching at the Greenville Elementary School in Edgemont. She was 27 at the time; her victim was 40.
Warmus’s first parole hearing is set for Monday and a decision could be rendered by the board as soon as Tuesday, Jan. 17, lohud.com reported.
If Warmus, who has steadfastly maintained her innocence, had been given the minimum sentence, she would have been eligible for parole in 2007.
According to lohud.com, her attorney, Mayer Morganroth, said Warmus is hoping to get out so she can have surgery for a brain tumor.
She has also appealed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for clemency so she can clear her name, according to a report by cbslocal.com.
Warmus’s first appeal of her conviction failed in 2006. She filed a second one in 2016, lohud.com reported.
Paul Solomon declined to comment, according to lohud.com.
According to lohud.com, Warmus, claiming that she had been sexually abused by prison guards, sued and won a $10,000 settlement in 2008. She is also suing her former attorney, Julia Heit, claiming that she mishandled here case, lohud.com reported.
According to media reports about what has been dubbed the “Fatal Attraction” murder, Solomon’s husband found her bloody body late one January night in 1989 in their condominium. She had been pistol-whipped and shot nine times.
Police first focused on Paul Solomon, but witnesses confirmed his alibi that he had been bowling with friends and had later met Warmus for drinks at a hotel bar in Yonkers, media reports said.
Paul Solomon eventually split with Warmus and took up with a new gal pal, but Warmus wasn’t so quick to give up on the relationship -- she stalked the couple, media reports said.
Prosecutors claimed that Warmus had obtained a .25 caliber Beretta pistol with a silencer and had also used a stolen driver’s license to purchase bullets at a New Jersey sporting goods store.
Warmus was eventually indicted on charges of second-degree murder in 1990 and then released on $250,000 bail.
Her first jury was deadlocked and the judge declared a mistrial in 1991. The following year, Warmus underwent a second trial and, this time, was convicted.
A new piece of evidence -- introduced nearly three years after the shooting -- was a bloody cashmere glove that prosecutors claimed belonged to Warmus.
Two television movies have been made about the infamous case, “The Danger of Love,” and “The Carolyn Warmus Story.”
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