Mackenzie Shirilla who was accused of intentionally killing her boyfriend and pal in a high speed auto crash is sentenced to 15 years to life in prison on Monday
Mackenzie Shirilla, 20, sobbed as she learned her sentence on Monday for murdering boyfriend Dominic Russo, 20, and his friend Davion Flanagan, 19
She deliberately drove her car into a wall at 100mph, killing her boyfriend and a friend in July 2022 in Strongsville, Ohio
In November, she was charged with murder, aggravated vehicular homicide, felonious assault, despite insisting that the crash was an accident
The judge told Shirilla the most damning evidence against her was the ‘chilling and tragic’ as surveillance footage showed her accelerating into the wall
Same cameras showed that she had reconnoitered the route the previous day
While she wept at sentencing, the victims’ grieving families feel she deserves doing time because ‘Mackenzie showed no mercy on Dominic nor did she on Davion’
Mackenzie Shirilla, 20, broke down in tears on Monday as she was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for murdering her boyfriend and his friend in a deliberate car crash. She was facing an automatic life sentence following the double-homicide conviction
An Ohio woman who killed her boyfriend and one of his friend in an intentional 100mph crash has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. She was 17 at the time.
Mackenzie Shirilla, 20, sobbed as her sentence was read in court on Monday, for the murders of her boyfriend, Dominic Russo, 20, and his 19-year-old friend Davion Flanagan in July 2022.
‘She had a mission, and she executed it with precision. The mission was death,’ Judge Nancy Margaret said in handing down the sentence.
In November, she was charged with murder, aggravated vehicular homicide, felonious assault, despite insisting that the crash was an accident.
Prosecutors said she was on a ‘mission of death’ that she saw as her way out of their toxic relationship and that she’d scouted out the route a week before she killed him and his friend, who was ‘cargo’.
Mackenzie Shirilla, [photo], was convicted of murder which carries an automatic life sentence on August 15. She was 17 when she rammed her car into a building at 100 mph, killing her boyfriend and his friend, in what a judge called a ‘mission of death’ that was intended to be payback for their turbulent romance
Mackenzie Shirilla [right], and Dominic Russo[left], had a tumultuous relationship for three years before intentionally rammed her car into a building at 100 mph with Russo in the passenger seat. She survived. He died. She was was convicted of his murder on last week and jailed 15 years onMonday
Mackenzie Shirilla was caught on surveillance camera as she accelerated approaching the intersection rash scene and drove straight into the building. The ‘willful’ crash led to her conviction for her boyfriend’s murder
Shirilla and Dominic Russo, [photo], the boyfriend whose murder led to her conviction and 15 year prison sentence.
Russo said Monday the most significant piece of evidence against Shirilla was the ‘chilling and tragic’ surveillance footage, which shows her accelerating to smash her Toyota Camry into the wall of a commercial building.
‘This is the type of evidence you can never unsee,’ said Russo.
She said that Shirilla, who was 17 years old at the time of the crash, was a ‘literal hell on wheels.’
Last week, when Shirilla was convicted after a four-day, non-jury trial, Russo said the two men in the car experienced sheer terror as she drove them to their deaths.
‘There can be no doubt as to the absolute terror of the two people in that car,’ she said.
‘This was not reckless driving. This was murder.’
This was all that was left of Shirilla’s Toyota Camry after the fatal crash in July 2022. Mackenzie was pulled from the vehicle unconscious and not breathing, but she made a miraculous recovery. Dominic Russo and Davion Flanagan died at the scene
Police said she was on a ‘death mission’ and became ‘literal hell on wheels’ when she sped up from the speed limit before slamming into the building. The judge on Monday said there was ‘no doubt of the absolute terror of the two people in that car’
The court was shown footage of Shirilla accelerating into a wall at 100mph
Mackenzie Shirilla deliberately crashed her car into the side of a warehouse at 100mph, with fatal consequences
Shirilla’s lawyers had argued the crash was an accident.
The killer, who did not testify during trial, spoke before the court before the sentence was read.
‘The families of Dominic and Davion, I’m so deeply sorry. I hope one day you can see I would never let this happen or do it on purpose. I wish I could remember what happened,’ she said crying.
‘We were all friends, and Dom was my soul mate,’ she said.
‘I wish I could take all your pain away. And to my family, thank you for the support and all the love you guys give. I love you all so much.’
She and the two victims had been smoking marijuana before the collision. Her family said she plans to appeal the verdict.
Russo, 20, and Davion Flanagan, 20, died in the crash that was caught on film and described by the judge as a key piece of evidence
Remorse?: After her 5.30 am dare devil driving which led to the deaths of boyfriend Dominic Russo and passenger Davion Flanagan, Shirilla was on social media boasting about her drug-fueled exploits
Police said there was extensive evidence of reckless driving on Mackenzie’s social media pages, where she posed with cigarettes or alcohol behind the wheel. On one TikTok, she stares at the camera and declares: ‘I’m just one of those girls that can do a lot of drugs and not die.’
After the crash, Shirilla searched the internet for Los Angeles modeling jobs, from her hospital bed.
Following her release, she attended a music concert in a wheelchair and was in a TikTok video for Halloween, dancing with friends dressed as what appears to be a corpse.
As she was led away in handcuffs after learning her fate, one relative shouted: ‘We love you, Kenz.’
Another shouted: ‘You’re innocent.’
Mackenzie Shirilla wept after she was found guilty of two murders in the deadly ‘intentional’ auto crash in July 2022 in Strongsville, Ohio, that killed her 20-year-old boyfriend and his friend who was in the backseat of her Toyota Camry
Before Shirilla was sentenced, relatives of the two victims addressed the court.
Dominic’s mother, Christine Russo, told her: ‘Mackenzie, going to prison because you did this, be thankful you’re still alive and have a future, whatever that may be.
‘Dom and Davion were robbed of their futures, their hopes and their dreams.
‘Mackenzie showed no mercy on Dominic nor did she on Davion, only God at this time can have mercy on her soul.’
Davion Flangan’s mother said his death has left their family devastated.
His sister, Davyne Flanagan, said: ‘I feel stuck, I feel like I can’t move forward. I feel lost.
‘I would like you to give Mackenzie the longest possible sentence. I’ve known her for about three years and she’s always taking the easy way out.’