On Monday, Cuyahoga County Judge Nancy Margaret Russo found 19-year-old Strongsville resident Mackenzie Shirilla guilty of all 12 counts Charges, including murder, aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated assault and drug possession, are related to a 2022 accident that killed her boyfriend, Dominic Russo, 20. He also had a friend, Davion Flanagan, 19, according to prosecutors. The conviction carries an automatic life sentence with the possibility of parole after 15 years, Cleveland.com reported.
Hirilah sobbed uncontrollably as the judge spoke in court, 3News reported.
“It wasn’t reckless driving,” Russo said before the sentencing was announced on Monday, according to 3News. “It was murder.”
“She had a mission, and she carried it out with precision,” said Russo, who is not related to the victim. “The decision is death.”
According to the Strongsville Police Department, in the early hours of July 31, 2022, Hillilla was driving a 2018 Toyota Camry with Russo in the front seat and Flanagan in the back. The three allegedly smoked marijuana at a friend’s house before she drove, Cleveland.com reported.
According to Cleveland.com, Shirilla allegedly had THC levels in his body that exceeded the legal limit in Ohio. She was charged with murder, not DUI.
According to surveillance video shown by prosecutors in court, Hirilah was seen driving at a normal speed on Progressive Avenue in the Progressive Avenue Business Park.