A young woman convicted of murdering her boyfriend and a friend after intentionally causing a 100-mph crash in Ohio went to jail crying Monday as she prepares to serve at least the next 15 years to spend.
“She had a mission and she carried it out with precision. The choice was death. His actions were controlled, methodical, conscious, intentional, and determined. It wasn’t reckless driving. It was murder,” Judge Nancy Margaret Russo said last week in Cuyahoga, Ohio, when she found the defendant guilty of murder, The Independent reported Tuesday.
But the judge showed mercy to 19-year-old Mackenzie Shirilla on Monday by sentenced her to a combined 15 years in prison for the murders of her boyfriend Dominic Russo, 20, and boyfriend Davion Flanagan, 19, instead of a combined sentence for the two, which would have increased the total sentence to 30 years imprisonment.
“I am deeply sorry. “I hope one day you will understand that I would never have let that happen or that I would not have done it on purpose,” Mackenzie Shirilla is said to have cried after reading the verdict, according to The Independent.
The young woman, described by the judge as “real hell on wheels”, was found guilty of intentionally causing an accident at more than 160 km/h in July 2022 when the two young men were in the vehicle. The two young adults would have died instantly.
She can only be paroled after 15 years, and her sentence could be extended.