A woman has pleaded guilty to pushing her 87-year-old grandmother to death on a New York City street
A woman pleaded guilty in court on Wednesday lethal push An 87-year-old woman on a New York City street last year.
Prosecutors said Lauren Pacenza, 27, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the unprovoked attack that killed Barbara Justin.
Pazienza will be sentenced to eight years in prison followed by five years of post-release supervision under the terms of the plea, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. She is scheduled to be sentenced on September 29.
“Lauren Bazenza forcefully pushed Barbara Jostern to the ground and then walked away as her New York lover lay there bleeding,” Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said in a statement. “Today’s appeal holds Bacenza responsible for her deadly actions.” statement. “We continue to mourn the loss of Barbara Justerne, a talented musical theater actress and vocal coach who has impacted so many in New York City and beyond.”
Prosecutors said that on the evening of March 10, 2022, Pazienza crossed the street in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood and “yelled obscenities” at Justin, a well-known and beloved member of the city’s cabaret scene. Prosecutors said Pazinza “deliberately pushed her to the ground”.
Jostern hit her head on the floor, causing bleeding on the left side of her brain, and died five days later in hospital after being taken off life support, according to prosecutors.
Prosecutors said Pazinza left the scene while Justerne was lying on the ground bleeding, but remained in the area for about 20 minutes before returning with her fiancé to their apartment in Astoria, Queens, according to prosecutors.
In the aftermath of the incident, Pazinza deleted her social media accounts, shut down her wedding website and “eventually fled to Long Island to stay with her family,” according to prosecutors, while she was released by police. Surveillance footage of the suspect in the attack.
She eventually turned herself in to police nearly two weeks after the incident and was initially charged with first-degree manslaughter and two counts of second-degree assault.
Pazienza’s lawyer, Arthur Idala, did not make any comments to reporters as he left the court on Wednesday.
Jostern’s grandson, AJ Jostern, told reporters after the hearing that he had “little tolerance or sympathy for Lorraine or her family.”
“This is what happens when you don’t raise a child properly and let him get away with everything he’s ever wanted,” he said.