A judge in Ohio has found a teenage girl guilty of murder and determined that she intentionally drove her car at 100 miles per hour into a brick structure, murdering her boyfriend and another passenger.
On Monday, Cuyahoga County Judge Nancy Margaret Russo found Mackenzie Shirilla, 19, guilty of all twelve counts. Several charges, including murder, aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated assault, and drug possession, stem from an accident in 2022 that resulted in the death of her 20-year-old fiancé, Dominic Russo. According to prosecutors, he also had a companion named Davion Flanagan, who was 19 years old. Cleveland.com reported that the conviction entails an automatic life sentence with the possibility of parole after 15 years.
3News reported that Hirilah wept uncontrollably as the judge spoke in court.
According to 3News, Russo stated before the sentencing was announced on Monday that his driving was not irresponsible. “It was a murder.”
Russo, who is unrelated to the victim, stated, “She had a mission, and she accomplished it with accuracy.” “The decision is death.”
According to the Strongsville Police Department, Hillilla was driving a 2018 Toyota Camry with Russo in the front passenger seat and Flanagan in the rear during the early morning hours of July 31, 2022. Cleveland.com reported that the three smoked marijuana at a friend’s home before she drove.
According to Cleveland.com, Shirilla’s THC levels in his body allegedly exceeded Ohio’s legal limit. She was indicted for homicide, not DUI.
According to surveillance footage shown in court by prosecutors, Hirilah was driving normally on Progressive Avenue within the Progressive Avenue Business Park.