A Canadian influencer has avoided jail time for throwing a chair from a 45th-floor balcony onto a busy highway in a desperate attempt to ‘like’.
Marcella Zoia, 20, was instead sentenced to two years probation and 150 hours of community service by a Toronto judge on Tuesday.
The social media star was also slapped with a fine of $ 1,485 for his dangerous shot, which went viral after it was taped in February last year.
Prosecutors were seeking to lock up Zoia for six months, but she avoided jail time after pleading guilty to life-threatening mischief.
Zoia’s lawyer, Gregory Leslie, told reporters that her client was “ecstatic” about the outcome and that she “had a tear or two in her eyes” when she learned she was not going to jail. .
The social media aficionado shared a selfie with Leslie on Instagram after his conviction, then threw a party to celebrate the conclusion of his trial.
She was filmed making champagne and twerking with friends, as local reporters noted that she did not meet social distancing requirements during her celebrations.
Marcella Zoia, 20, was sentenced to two years probation and 150 hours of community service on Tuesday for a chair-throwing kick that went viral on social media in February 2019
Zoia had a relatively small social network before her chair launch video sparked widespread outrage last year.
In the clip, the influencer was seen standing on the balcony of a Toronto skyscraper before taking the chair and throwing it down the Gardiner Freeway 45 floors below.
The road is one of the busiest arteries in the city and the video showed the chair missing from few cars driving along the highway.
The video was viewed hundreds of thousands of times and caught the attention of the police, who ordered the offender to surrender.
Zoia subsequently surrendered to authorities and was arrested and charged.
Zoia looked elated to have avoided jail time as she left her attorney’s office on Tuesday
The influencer was seen clutching her phone as she was escorted by a pal. She then threw a party to celebrate the conclusion of her trial
Zoia was filmed popping champagne and twerking with friends, as local reporters noted that she did not meet social distancing requirements during her celebrations.
She hired Greg Leslie as a lawyer, who said shortly after that Zoia was “embarrassed” by her actions.
“She wished that had never happened. Of course, she would never wish anyone was hurt, ”he said.
He later claimed that Zoia had been drinking alcohol and that she had been “urged by her peers” by her friends to throw the chair off the balcony.
Zoia has 60,000 Instagram followers and regularly delights her fans by sharing racy photos
The Toronto-based star – who doesn’t appear to have a full-time job – regularly posts racy photos on Instagram that garner thousands of “likes”
After the stunt, Zoia quickly deleted her Instagram and Facebook pages.
However, it wasn’t long before she returned to social media sites and started capitalizing on her notoriety.
His supporters more than increased tenfold in the months following the chair-throwing incident. Before the stunt, she only had 4,000 followers on Instagram. Today, it has more than 60,000.
The Toronto star – who doesn’t appear to have a full-time job – regularly posts racy photos that garner thousands of “likes.”
Zoia has kept her supporters updated during her 18-month legal battle. She is pictured in a selfie taken before a hearing last year
After the stunt, Zoia quickly deleted her Instagram and Facebook pages. However, it wasn’t long before she returned to social media sites and started capitalizing on her notoriety.