Long Island woman jailed for manslaughter in the lugging death of an elderly Manhattan voice coach should not be behind bars, her lawyer argues in a new lawsuit.
Lauren Pazienza is being held on Rikers Island pending trial for manslaughter and assault for the death of Barbara Maier Gustern after Judge Felicia Menin ruled earlier this month 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 into prison.
Pazienza should be given a new bail hearing because Menin failed to consider options like house arrest, treatment programs or electronic monitoring, according to a filing from her attorneys with the Manhattan Supreme Court.
There is a hearing on the case on Tuesday.
Pazienza, an event organizer and scion of a lucrative cesspool empire, reportedly called Gustern a “bitch” before shoving her in 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 “Blondie’s” Debbie Harry.
Pazienza faces between five and 25 years behind bars if convicted.