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NEW YORK – The New York woman charged with manslaughter in the unprovoked death of an 87-year-old Broadway voice coach rocked her in court on Tuesday as she was sentenced to 500,000 bond $ – and sources say she is likely to be released – despite prosecutors revealing she saw an ambulance arrive at the scene after the attack but then went into hiding.
A New York City The judge set Lauren Pazienza’s bail at $500,000 or a $1 million bail, despite prosecutors’ request to remand the 26-year-old woman in custody. Pazienza’s parents were in the courtroom for the evening hearing, which lasted about 20 minutes.
She is due back in court on Friday to enter a plea.
Aidala later told reporters that her client was “crying, she was in pain.”
“She was charged with a horrific act,” he continued. “She’s a very moral, righteous person, who went to high school, went to college, has a job, a fiancé, has a family. And for her, she’s in the twilight zone. She’s destroyed. “
New York woman charged with manslaughter after turning herself in over Broadway vocal coach’s death, sources say
Pazienza has been charged with manslaughter and two counts of assault in the death of Barbara Gustern, a Manhattan woman who died days after being shoved and punched in the head, the New York Police Department said ( NYPD). Aidala had arranged for her to go to the NYPD 10th Precinct on Tuesday morning, a source told Fox News Digital.
Photos show her being transported out of Manhattan’s 10th Precinct, handcuffed, shortly before 1 p.m., on her way to Manhattan Criminal Court in Lower Manhattan.
No one answered the door of Pazienza’s family home in Port Jefferson, New York on Tuesday. Sources told Fox News Digital that Pazienza attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan and worked for a high-end furniture store in New York City.
NYPD SEARCHING FOR SUSPECT IN UNPROVOKED ATTACK ON FAMOUS BROADWAY VOICE COACH AS HOMICIDE CASE
Gustern died on March 15, days after the woman approached her from behind and pushed her just before 8:30 p.m. on March 10, police said. Police added on Monday that they are treating his death as a homicide.
The victim was in the West 28th Street and Eighth Avenue area, less than a block from her Manhattan home at the time she was jostled.
A criminal complaint for Pazienza’s arrest describes how she allegedly treated the victim “b—-” and “forced” her to push off the sidewalk unprovoked.
Manhattan ADA Justin McNabney said Tuesday the dying woman – while “bleeding profusely from her head” – told a friend what happened before she lost consciousness. Gustern allegedly told a friend that her attacker approached her directly and pushed her “as hard as she had ever been hit in her life,” the complaint states.
Gustern was eventually placed on life support and could not be saved. A medical examiner determined that she died of blunt head trauma.
Police then used surveillance footage to track down their suspect and determined that she had been in the area for more than 20 minutes after the attack and was spotted having a physical altercation with a man, believed to be her fiancé, about seven minutes after the victim left. shoved, the complaint states.
Thirteen minutes after the attack, Pazienza was reportedly seen watching the ambulance as it arrived in the area to help the victim and take him away. She and her fiancé reportedly left the area soon after and were seen entering New York’s Penn Station 30 minutes later. Footage also captured her arriving at her Astoria home around 9:50 p.m. in the same clothes she wore at the scene.
Prosecutors further allege that Pazienza then took steps to avoid being caught, such as deleting her social media and wedding website, fleeing to her parents’ Long Island home, and hiding her cellphone at a relative’s home, the complaint states.
But police received at least two tips identifying Pazienza as their suspect.
When cops showed up at the family’s Long Island home, her father reportedly refused to let cops into the house and “and claimed his daughter wasn’t home,” McNabney said.
She then allegedly contacted her lawyer who arranged for her to surrender.
Pazienza faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of manslaughter.
BROADWAY SINGING COACH DEAD AT 87 AFTER SHE WAS ATTACKED ON NYC STREET
Earlier this month, NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig called the assault “an unprovoked and senseless attack” and a “disgusting and shameful offence”.
“It’s horrific. An 87-year-old woman, walking down the street, was knocked to the ground,” Essig said at a news conference last week.
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Gustern was a longtime singing coach who worked with Broadway actors and music stars, including “Blondie” singer Debbie Harry, according to The New York Times.
Fox News’ Sarah Rumpf contributed to this report.