23 July 2020 10:31
DESPERATE show-off influencer Marcella Zoia is celebrating a surge in Instagram followers after she dodged jail despite heaving a chair off a 45th floor balcony. After being filmed callously hurling the furniture from the high-rise, Zoia, 20, nicknamed "Chair Girl", pleaded guilty to a charge of mischief endangering life. 10 Marcella Zoia, 20, throwing a chair from a skyscraper balcony 10 The chair was chucked on to the busy road below, in a sick attempt to get more likes 10 She also highlighted her pending court day 10 After avoiding jail, the influencer partied hard with pals, swigging bottles of bubbly with them The Canadian's ridiculous stunt for likes was filmed last February in a video that eventually went viral. Despite prosecutors in Toronto, seeking a six-month jail term for the Instagram star, she was instead handed a £1,000 fine, 150 hours of community service and two years probation. She entered her plea in November but her sentencing was delayed several times partly due to the Covid-19 pandemic and it was finally handed down via teleconference yesterday.
10 Zoia apparently had 'a tear in her eye' after sentencing 10 Instagram influencer Zoia dodged a jail term for the stunt and was instead handed a £1,000 fine and 150 hours of community service Credit: Getty Images - Getty Her lawyer, Gregory Leslie, said he was pleased with the sentence and that Zoia - who has more than 60K Instagram followers - was "ecstatic" that the case was finally over. Mr Leslie said his client had been scared about the prospect of going to jail and "maybe had a tear or two in her eyes" when she learned of her punishment. He said Zoia had been drinking alcohol the night before the incident and was influenced by peer pressure when she threw the chair from the high-rise balcony of a rented apartment in Toronto, reports CTV News. Mr Leslie was shown in a selfie with his client after sentencing, as Zoia celebrated with a champagne-filled party as she twerked with pals, said local reports. 10 Prosecutors in Toronto, Canada unsuccessfully sought a six-month jail term The chair landed on the Gardiner Expressway – one of the city's busiest highways.
The young star is believed to have thrown the chair at around 10am on a Saturday morning when the road was busy with traffic - thankfully no injuries were reported as a result of the idiotic stunt. Zoia turned herself in to police in Canada in February last year after footage of the incident was uploaded on social media. Most read in News MASKDONALDS Face masks to be compulsory in takeaways & sandwich shops from tomorrow MURDER PROBE Man, 20, killed in 'gang attack' after crash as boy, 15, is held in leafy town Exclusive CHILLING CRIES Baby 'has its throat cut' as cops quiz woman on suspicion of murder BATTLE OF THE SECS Couple who stopped in car park 'for 15 secs' threatened with BANKRUPTCY Exclusive RAGS TO RICHES Brit goes from being homeless to car wash king - charging £6,000 a go Exclusive TIKTOK TIMEBOMB 'Evil' China is 'harvesting Brits' data through TikTok', says Mike Pompeo She issued an apology vowing to take "responsibility" for her actions. The star wrote: "I apologise to everyone offended by my actions. I truly regret it and I will take responsibility." Before her sick stunt Zoia had just 4,000 followers - this has been considerably boosted to 61,200. 10 The influencer apologised to 'everyone offended by my actions' 10 The 20-year-old entered her plea in November 10 Zoia had been drinking alcohol the night before the chair-throwing incident Marcella Zoia received a fine and was ordered to serve community service after the incident last year Woman Who Threw Chair from Balcony onto Toronto Highway Receives No Jail Time Last year, Marcella Zoia went viral after video footage of her throwing a chair onto a Toronto highway from a high-rise building started circulating. Zoia, who was 19 at the time, but is now 20, turned herself in and was charged with mischief endangering life, mischief damaging property under $5,000 and common nuisance in February 2019, PEOPLE reported at the time. Get push notifications with news, features and more. Zoia received her sentence in Canada this week — which did not include any jail time. Instead, Zoia — who pled guilty in November — was fined $2,000 and ordered to 150 hours of community service, as well as given a two-year probation, CNN reported. The Ontario Court of Justice and Zoia's lawyer did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment. Judge Mara Greene said during the sentencing that Zoia's chair-throwing was "a very dangerous act," which she did "for her own pleasure and vanity in the moment." "It was a selfish act that could have led to disastrous results. It is only by sheer luck that someone was not hurt or killed," Greene continued, according to CNN. "In light of Zoia's very young age, the collateral consequences outlined and her great process through rehabilitation, I find that a sentence should fall in the lower range," the judge reportedly said. "While incarceration is extremely more punitive than a fine, it is my view that in this particular case, a meaningful fine, coupled with community service, is sufficiently punitive." Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Sign up for PEOPLE's free True Crime newsletter for breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases. The footage of the incident showed a young blonde woman picking up a folding chair and hurling it from the high-rise balcony. The chair can be seen falling toward a busy highway, but ended up landing in front of the building's entrance, and no one was injured. Zoia and some friends had reportedly been renting a unit in the building on Airbnb at the time of the incident, PEOPLE previously reported. On Instagram Wednesday evening, Zoia said that she is ready to turn her experience into "something positive."