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‘Chair girl’ to find out today if his sentence will relate to time in prison

TORONTO –
A 20-year-old woman who threw a chair from a downtown Toronto balcony on a busy highway last year should know if she will serve in prison.

Here are real-time updates from inside the courtroom. The previous story follows.

Marcella Zoia said in the courtroom that she was “very sorry for her actions” last month after Judge Mara Greene heard three hours of judgments filed by defense attorney Gregory Leslie and Crown prosecutor Heather Keating.

“I am very sorry for my actions … I take it as a lesson,” said Zoia’s prepared statement in part.

On November 15, 2019, Zoia pleaded guilty to mistreating life in connection with a February incident that was captured by the camera and shared widely online.

Marcella Zoia

The video showed Zoia throwing a chair from a balcony on 45th floor of an apartment building above the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard. No accident was reported in the accident and the video, which was played frame by frame at the hearing on February 7, ends before you see exactly where the chair lands.

The Crown, which has repeatedly questioned whether Zoia is truly sorry for her actions, is seeking a sentence that includes between four and six months in prison and two years of probation. Keating also asks Zoia to attend alcohol counseling and participate in 240 hours of community service.

In addition, the Crown asks the judge to consider banning Zoia from posting on social media during her probation.

Keating claimed that Zoia transformed the social media response to her action into a brand and a job.

Meanwhile, Zoia’s attorney stated during the hearing that her client “never intended to get any attention on social media.”

Leslie is looking for a “various conditions” conditional suspension, including counseling for alcohol consumption. He said that “drinking too much” became a problem for his client while in high school, which he claimed is relevant to the case due to the fact that Zoia had been drinking the night before the video was recorded.

Marcella Zoia

In his speech, Leslie added that his client “will not benefit from going to jail”.

“He is doing everything he can to be a positive influence,” he said. “There is nothing to suggest that you commit other crimes.”

Zoia has been released on bail since February 2019, with the conditions in which she lives with her mother, refraining from contact with the other four people named in the accident and staying away from condominiums in Maple Leaf Square, where the accident occurred.

The sentencing hearing should begin at 10 am in the old town hall.

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