Sentencing Delayed For Stalking Westchester Teen Involved In Fatal Stabbing

Sentencing for a teenager who admitted to her role in the fatal stabbing of 16-year-old Valaree Schwab last year has been delayed.

Dominique Slack.
Dominique Slack. Photo Credit: Westchester County District Attorney's Office
Z'inah Brown.
Z'inah Brown. Photo Credit: Westchester County District Attorney's Office
Valaree Megan Schwab, 16
Valaree Megan Schwab, 16 Photo Credit: Contributed

Dominique Slack, 18, was scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday, but saw that postponed for routine reasons. She pleaded guilty to first-degree stalking, a violent felony, last year, for her role in the incident that led to the fatal stabbing of New Rochelle High School junior Schwab in January last year.

According to police, officers responded to Dunkin' Donuts on North Avenue shortly after 12:20 p.m. on Jan. 10 last year, where there were reports of a fight involving multiple high school-aged students. During the dispute, Schwab suffered two stab wounds to her torso from a steak knife. She was transported to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, but was pronounced dead there later in the afternoon.

Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr., said that Slack and Carl Booker - who is also facing a first-degree stalking charge -  “while aiding, abetting, and acting in concert with each other, another teen, 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.”

Schwab dropped her house keys during the dispute and one of the teens picked them up. Schwab then followed the group to Dunkin’ Donuts on North Avenue in an attempt to get her keys back when she was stabbed by Z'inah Brown, who is facing a murder charge, which is pending. Booker is scheduled to be sentenced later this month.

The fatal stabbing was following by several other violent incidents involving students, which also led to a manhunt for Bryan Stamps, who was arrested in Alabama and extradited back to Westchester to face charges in May.

Slack is now scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday, Feb. 14

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