Lauren Pazienza’s attorney seeks bail in deadly New York voice coach shove
The Long Island woman jailed for manslaughter of an elderly Manhattan voice coach shouldn’t be behind bars, her attorney claims in a new court filing.
Lauren Pazienza is being held at Rikers Island awaiting trial on charges of manslaughter and assault in the death of Barbara Maier Gustern after Judge Felicia Menin ruled earlier this month that she posed a “serious flight risk”.
Pazienza, 26, who has pleaded not guilty, was initially released on $500,000 bail before Menin threw her back in jail.
Pazienza should get a new bail hearing because Menin did not consider options such as house arrest, treatment programs or electronic surveillance, according to a filing by her attorneys in the Manhattan Supreme Court.
A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Tuesday.
Pazienza, an event organizer and scion of a lucrative cesspool empire, allegedly called Gustern a “slut” before pushing her into an unprovoked attack in Chelsea on March 10, police said.
Gustern fell and hit her head, and died of her injuries five days later.
Gustern was a vocal coach whose clients included “Blondies” Debbie Harry.
If convicted, Pazienza faces between five and 25 years in prison.
https://nypost.com/2022/05/21/lawyer-for-lauren-pazienza-seeks-bail-in-fatal-nyc-voice-coach-shoving/ Lauren Pazienza’s attorney seeks bail in deadly New York voice coach shove