A young girl nicknamed ‘Hell on Wheels' has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering her boyfriend and another passenger by driving a car into a wall at 100mph.
Mackenzie Shirilla, 19, was sentenced to two life sentences of 15 years each in an Ohio court on Monday for the deaths of her boyfriend Dominic Russo, 20, and another passenger, Davion Flanagan, 19, in July last year.
Shirilla, then 17, drove her Toyota Camry into a brick building without braking.
The two passengers were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. All three smoked marijuana and police also seized magic mushrooms, the New York Post reported.
She showed ‘no mercy'
Christine Russo, Mr Russo's mother, said: “Dom and Davion have been robbed of their future, their hopes and their dreams.”
“Mackenzie showed no mercy to Dominic, and neither did she to Davion.”
She told Shirilla to “be grateful that you're alive and have a future, whatever that may be.”
Shirilla, who did not testify, read a statement in court before her sentence was announced.
“Dominic and Davion's families, I'm so sorry,” she said.
“I hope one day you will realize that I would never let that happen or do it on purpose. I wish I could remember what happened.”
The judge said in her ruling that Shirilla was “literally hell on wheels” and said she intentionally drove at a time when there weren't many witnesses around, and in a way she wasn't used regularly, but which she had visited days earlier.
Prosecutors argued at the trial that Shirilla had become restless and threatening towards her boyfriend and that she had decided to end their relationship.
Davyne Flanagan, Mr Flanagan's sister, had asked the judge to impose “the longest sentence possible”.
“I've known her for about three years and she always takes the easy route,” she added.
The judge told the court: “I understand the pain in that room makes me want the harshest sentence, but I don't think that would be the appropriate sentence because I don't think Mackenzie will be out in 15 years will be.” .”
Her sentence is similar to life imprisonment in the UK, meaning she is eligible for parole after 15 years.
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Before the sentencing, prosecutors played TikTok videos showing Shirilla at a concert and celebrating Halloween after the crash.
However, her mother told the judge that the outings were the only times she did something for herself, and said her daughter cried for months in her room next to a shrine she erected to Mr. Russo.
Shirilla was convicted of 12 counts last week, including murder.