TORONTO – A 19-year-old girl who threw a chair off a downtown Toronto high-rise balcony over a busy freeway earlier this 12 months has pleaded guilty to mischief endangering life.
Marcella Zoia arrived at Old City Hall by a again entrance simply earlier than 10 a.m. on Friday carrying all black and huge sun shades.
She then entered a courtroom and pleaded guilty to a February incident that was caught on digital camera and shared broadly on-line.
The video confirmed a younger girl launch a chair off a balcony over a busy freeway.
Following the mass-circulation of the video, Toronto police urged the lady to come ahead and determine herself.
A few days later, Zoia turned herself in to officers.
She was subsequently charged with mischief endangering life, mischief endangering property beneath $5,000 and customary nuisance.
Following her guilty plea to the one cost on Friday morning, her lawyer Gregory Leslie instructed reporters the younger girl was “remorseful.”
“This was the first step – I think this was a necessary step, her guilty plea – that does show that she is remorseful for her actions,” he mentioned.
“We could have gone to trial, in fact there were issues that allowed us to go to trial but the video is the video so based on that she entered a plea of guilty.”
When requested what “issues” he was referring to, Leslie mentioned he couldn’t remark additional.
Her lawyer confirmed that the 2 extra fees she was dealing with can be dropped at a later date.
Leslie mentioned his shopper has “learned and matured” from this matter.
“She is a young lady who made a mistake,” he mentioned. “When you deal with persons her age we look at, one of the possibilities, or one of the factors that the judge has to examine is the issue of rehabilitation and she is, in my opinion, already a changed woman and she will be doing much better.”
Crown is looking for jail time
Leslie mentioned the Crown is asking for Zoia to serve jail time, however he thinks this can be a step too far.
“Of course it’s a possibility,” he mentioned. “It’s anywhere between a suspended sentence, which we want, to up to six months in jail.”
“She understands that’s a possibility.”
According to Leslie, a suspended sentence would come with Zoia being placed on probation with undetermined situations for an unknown time frame.
Leslie mentioned his shopper is affected by nervousness “as a result of this.”
“When anybody is facing jail time, especially a young lady like this, she understands the severity and the consequences of what she has done.”
Not allowed to return to faculty
Back in March, Leslie instructed reporters that his shopper had been expelled from the dental hygiene program she was beforehand enrolled in.
At the time, Leslie known as the expulsion “unfortunate,” however added that it was “a hard lesson.”
On Friday, Leslie confirmed Zoia has not been allowed to return to faculty since then and mentioned she is presently not working.
“There was a job opportunity that she had and a decision was made not to proceed with that,” he mentioned exterior of the courthouse. “Right now she does modelling when the opportunity presents itself.”
“She was doing modeling before this and she has had contracts since this. If you are asking me if those contracts were a result of this case, I honestly have no idea.”
A sentencing listening to within the case is predicted to happen on Jan. 14.