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Woman Who Fatally Shoved Broadway Coach Gets Higher Prison Sentence – Billboard

A New York judge has sentenced a woman who admitted pushing an 87-year-old Broadway singing coach to her death on a Manhattan sidewalk to six months in prison, more than the eight years agreed to in a previous plea deal.

As Lauren Pazienza was sentenced on Friday (September 29) for manslaughter, State Supreme Court Judge Felicia Mennin in Manhattan said she did not believe the 28-year-old A 20-year-old Long Island woman has taken responsibility for her actions on March 10, 2022, when she pushed voice teacher Barbara Maier Gustern to the ground.

Gustern, whose students included Blondie singer Debbie Harry, lay bleeding on the pavement. She died five days later.

Pazienza pleaded guilty on August 23. If she is convicted at trial, she could be sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Pazienza, a former event planner from Long Island, has been held at the city’s notorious Rikers Island jail since a judge revoked her bail in May 2022.

According to prosecutors, Pazienza attacked Gusten after sprinting out of a nearby park where she and her fiancé were eating food from a food truck.

Friends told Gustern that she had just left her apartment after hosting a cabaret rehearsal to watch a student performance New York Times.

Gusten’s grandson, AJ Gusten of Colorado, called Pazienza’s apology “contrived.”

“I curse you, Lauren Pazienza,” he said in a statement read in court. news daily the report said. “I will make you miserable for the rest of your days.”

Pazienza encountered Gustern on West 23rd Street and pushed her to the ground in what police called an “unprovoked and senseless attack.”

Gustern has worked with singers, including the cast of the 2019 Broadway revival of the musical Oklahoma! To Taylor Mac, experimental theater artist and 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant winner, telling era She was “one of the greatest people I have ever met.”

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