Lauren Pazienza sentenced following dying of veteran vocal coach


An occasion planner has been jailed for eight-and-a-half-years for pushing veteran Broadway vocal coach Barbara Maier Gustern to her dying.

Lauren Pazienza, 26, pushed the 87-year-old vocal coach final March on a sidewalk in New York Metropolis, which prompted Maier Gustern to fall to the bottom.

Following the autumn, Gustern died from mind accidents she sustained within the assault. The NYPD mentioned on the time that she was pushed from behind by a girl who “crossed the road [and] pushed [her] in an unproved mindless assault.”

A seek for the attacker then begun, with New York police chief of detectives James Essig saying: “We’re asking the general public’s assist in fixing this disgusting and disgraceful offense dedicated in opposition to a susceptible, aged feminine who was doing nothing however strolling down the streets of New York Metropolis.”

After Gustern’s dying was dominated as a murder, Pazienza – who the police had been chasing for per week after releasing CCTV footage of her on the night time of the assault – turned herself in to the NYPD alongside her lawyer, the NBC New York reported on the time.

Pazienza was arrested for manslaughter following the dying of Gustern, who had coached many singers over time together with Kathleen Hanna and Blondie’s Debbie Harry.

Now, Pazienza has been sentenced to eight-and-a-half-years in jail and 5 years post-release supervision, the Manhattan district lawyer mentioned on Friday (September 29).

Pazienza pleaded responsible final month to 1 depend of first-degree manslaughter, in line with Manhattan District Lawyer Alvin Bragg’s workplace.

“Barbara Gustern’s sudden, violent dying by the hands of Lauren Pazienza left a household and group in mourning,” Bragg wrote in an announcement Friday. “There’s nothing that may deliver her again, however I hope that the decision of those proceedings can present some sense of closure amid her family members’ ongoing grief” (through NY1).

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Lauren Pazienza in court docket for sentencing – CREDIT: Getty

Following the assault, Bikini Kill singer Hanna took to social media to attraction for assist figuring out the attacker, writing in a now-deleted Instagram submit (through Rolling Stone): “I can’t even fucking imagine I’m posting this.

“I actually don’t need anybody else to ever must go through what the stunning, energetic, humorous as hell Barbara Maier Gustern needed to undergo,” she added.

“I battle to know and deal with this world every day, and admittedly that is past my skill to bear,” Gustern’s grandson wrote on Fb upon her dying being classed as a murder. “Do what you’ll be able to in your fellow human being, regardless of how small. Make the time. Stopping pointless loss and violence like this begins with us as people. We should care extra for one another.”


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