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A New Rochelle High School student was sentenced Wednesday in the stabbing death of a classmate.
In May, 18-year-old Z'inah Brown, of Yonkers, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the January 2018 stabbing death of Valaree Schwab. In a plea deal, she received a sentence of 17 years in prison from White Plains County Court Judge Barry Warhit.
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Brown had faced a charge of second-degree murder that would have subjected her to a minimum of 15 years to life and a maximum of 25 years to life in prison.
Warhit gave Brown the opportunity to speak before sentencing, but she had nothing to say.
Although Brown was eligible for youthful offender status, Judge Warhit said he would not grant her that status because she was the "primary participant" and had inflicted the fatal blows. Today, he called her actions "horrific."
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Brown assaulted Schwab during a dispute that started on the school campus that morning and continued along North Avenue.
The group of teens involved took Schwab's house keys. She went to get them back, and that's when Brown fatally stabbed the 16-year-old with a kitchen knife outside a Dunkin' Donuts.
Two other teens were charged and pleaded guilty to first-degree stalking in the case.
A fourth teenager, who was 15 at the time of the arrest, was charged as a juvenile in the case.