Chair-thrower Marcella Zoia pleads guilty to mischief in Toronto court

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TORONTO — A Toronto woman accused of throwing a chair off a downtown high-rise balcony has pleaded guilty to mischief causing danger to life.

Nineteen-year-old Marcella Zoia made the plea in a packed Toronto courtroom this morning, acknowledging she was the woman seen in a video that went viral in February.

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 14.

Crown prosecutors say they will seek a six-month prison sentence in the case.

Zoia’s lawyer, Greg Leslie, said he would seek a suspended sentence, saying six months in prison was too harsh for a woman his client’s age.

Leslie said he expected two other charges against Zoia in the incident would be dropped.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 15, 2019.

 

The Canadian Press