An ex-schoolteacher whose murder of a lover’s wife drew comparisons to the 1987 movie “Fatal Attraction” was released from a New York prison Monday after serving 27 years behind bars.
The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision confirmed to CNN that Carolyn Warmus, 55, will be on parole for life following her release from Bedford Hill Correctional Facility. Officials said she will be required to follow an established curfew and maintain employment or participate in an academic vocational program.
Following a hung jury, Warmus, then 28, was found guilty of Betty Jeanne Solomon’s second-degree murder in 1992 and sentenced to 25 years to life. The schoolteacher was found to have bought a gun from a private detective and fatally shot Solomon, 40, nine times at her Greenburgh home before meeting the victim’s husband, Paul, at a hotel, according to the news station.
The Scarsdale Daily Voice reported that Warmus and Paul met while teaching at Greenville Elementary School. Warmus was 23, 17 years younger than Paul, when the affair began.
According to the New York Daily News, authorities suspected Paul was the killer until eight months after the murder, when Warmus stalked him and his new lover while on a trip to Puerto Rico. She was indicted for Betty Jeanne’s murder months later.
Warmus, who has maintained her innocence since the 1989 slaying, was denied parole in January 2017. At the initial hearing, she blamed her conviction on “media attention and the publicity,” according to the New York Post.
Warmus’ release comes a month after state officials approved her second bid for parole. She reportedly told officials that she’ll remain in New York.
[Featured image: Carolyn Warmus/AP Photo/John Pedin/NY Daily News]