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    Lauren Pazienza, suspect in 87-year-old grandmother’s shove death takes plea deal, set to serve 8 years behind bars

    ByEyewitness News

    Wednesday, August 23, 2023 4:27PM

    Trial set for alleged suspect in 87-year-old grandmother's shove death

    CHELSEA, Manhattan (WABC) — A woman who shoved a beloved grandmother who later died from her injuries pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter.

    As a result, Lauren Pazienza, 27, of Port Jefferson, entered her plea on Wednesday.

    (Video from previous coverage)

    Plea discussions had been in the works for Pazienza, but her attorney had previously balked at the agreement.

    Under the terms of the plea, Pazienza will be sentenced to eight years in state prison followed by five years of post-release supervision.

    She will be sentenced on September 29.

    The victim, Barbara Maier Gustern, was an active performer and voice coach wrapping up rehearsal on March 10 in Chelsea when Pazienza approached her from behind and pushed her to the ground.

    Gustern suffered a severe head injury and was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

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    Police announced five days later that she had died as a result of her injuries.


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