Former public defender sentenced in assault


By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

Anthony Pastel

CATSKILL — A former Greene County public defender was sentenced July 8 in the “brutal beating” of his ex-girlfriend, according to District Attorney Joseph Stanzione.

Anthony Pastel, 38, pleaded guilty Jan. 19 to second-degree assault, a class D violent felony.

He was sentenced Friday to the maximum sentence of seven years in prison and two years post-release supervision.

Pastel was charged with assaulting his former girlfriend, who sustained a fractured skull, brain bleed, black eyes and severe lacerations to her face and lips, according to Stanzione.

“The victim spent eight days at Albany Medical Center, and then received additional therapy due to her extensive injuries,” Stanzione said.

Pastel, who formerly worked with the Greene County Public Defenders Office, appeared before Judge Debra J. Young for sentencing July 8.

The assault victim, who was not identified by the district attorney’s office, presented a victim statement describing the assault.

After listening to statements from attorneys, Young commended Pastel for his efforts in dealing with alcohol and mental health issues, but told him he should have sought help before the assault took place, Stanzione said.

“Judge Young then proceeded to sentence Mr. Pastel to the maximum sentence of seven years prison plus two years post-release supervision,” Stanzione said.

Pastel was taken to the Greene County Jail and processed for transfer to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

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