An Ohio teen has been sentenced to 15 to life in prison for a premeditated 100 mph “hells on wheels” crash that killed her boyfriend and a friend.
Mackenzie Shirilla, 19, has been found guilty of multiple counts of murder over the incident that killed Dominic Russo, 20, and Davion Flanagan, 19, last year.
Shirilla sobbed in court as the verdict was announced. according to Fox News. She read a statement that said, “I’m so sorry. I hope that one day you will realize that I would never let that happen or do it on purpose.”
However, her trial found that her actions were premeditated – and that after the fatal accident she had tried to get a job as a model, went to a concert in a wheelchair and asked the police: ‘Can’t you just do it for me $10 revoke my driver’s license?” Years or something?”
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Nancy Margaret Russo, who held the no-jury trial, said, “She had a mission and she carried it out with precision. The decision was death.
“Their actions were controlled, methodical, conscious, intentional, and purposeful. That wasn’t reckless driving. That was murder.”
The court was told that the accident happened on July 31, 2022 at around 5:30 a.m. in a building in an industrial park. According to investigators, Shirilla drove her 2018 Toyota Camry down a three-quarters mile stretch of road until she reached a speed of 100 miles per hour.
Data from the car’s computer and surveillance video showed the steering wheel jerked right and then left before the vehicle went off the road and crashed into the store.
The wreck was found about 45 minutes later by a passer-by. When police arrived, they found Russo and Flanagan dead and Shrilla wedged in the driver’s seat with a fluffy Prada slipper stuck to the accelerator pedal.
The judge told the court that the final seconds of the incident proved that Shirilla acted on purpose.
“She’s going from being a responsible driver to being a real hell on wheels,” she said.
Prosecutors showed video taken weeks before the accident, showing Shrilla arguing with Russo and threatening to lock his car.
After the crash, doctors said Shiilla expressed “sadness, guilt and shame” about the crash, and prosecutors said she showed a “sense of guilt.”
Her lawyers argued that feeling bad after a fatal accident did not make the driver a murderer and that prosecutors had failed to prove that reckless driving was not the only cause of her loss of control.
She can be paroled in 15 years.