Former New Rochelle High School Student Involved in Valaree Schwab Murder Released from Jail

Written By: Robert Cox

VALHALLA, NY — Carl Booker, 18, was released from the Westchester County Jail earlier today having served his sentence for his role in an incident resulting in the stabbing death of 16-year-old New Rochelle High School student Valaree Schwab.

On December 14, 2018, Booker and Dominique Slack, 18, both pleaded guilty to Stalking in the First Degree, a class D violent felony.

Westchester County Court Judge Barry Warhit, brother of New Rochelle Board of Education member Paul Warhit, accepted the plea and in January sentenced Booker to “shock probation”, a combination of a brief incarceration and longer term probation. Booker was sentenced to six months in the Westchester County jail and five years on probation.

On Jan. 10, 2018, the defendants, Slack and Booker, while aiding, abetting, and acting in concert with each other, another teen, Z’inah Brown, a juvenile and other unnamed and unindicted co-conspirators, engaged in a course of conduct likely to cause reasonable fear of physical injury and did intentionally cause physical injury to the victim, Valaree Schwab. 

After stalking Schwab for some time, the group of teens, including Booker and Slack, physically confronted and assaulted Schwab on the sidewalk of North Avenue resulting in a serious physical injury to Schwab. At the time of the assault, Schwab dropped her house keys and one of the teens picked them up. Schwab then followed the group to Dunkin’ Donuts, 646 North Avenue, to try to get her keys back and was stabbed inside the restaurant. Schwab was pronounced dead later that day at Jacobi Medical Center, the Bronx.

Z’inah Brown pleaded guilty in May to killing Schwab and will be sentenced in August. Judge Warhit, also presiding in the Brown case has promised to sentence her to 17 years in prison.