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Canadian influencer who threw chair onto busy road avoids jail

A Canadian influencer has avoided jail time for throwing a chair from a 45th floor balcony onto a busy highway in a desperate bid for ‘likes’. 

Marcella Zoia, 20, was instead sentenced to two years probation and 150 hours of community service by a Toronto judge on Tuesday. 

The social media star was additionally slapped with a USD $1,485 fine over her dangerous stunt, which went viral after it was recorded in February last year. 

Prosecutors were seeking to have Zoia locked up for six months, but she avoided jail time after pleading guilty to a charge of mischief endangering life. 

Zoia’s attorney, Gregory Leslie, told reporters that his client was ‘ecstatic’ with the outcome and that she ‘had a tear or two in her eyes’ when she learned she was not headed to prison. 

The social media star shared a selfie with Leslie on Instagram following her sentencing, and later held a party to celebrate the conclusion of her court case.  

She was filmed popping champagne and twerking with friends, as local reporters noted she did not adhere to social distancing requirements during her celebrations. 

Zoia had a relatively small social media following before her chair-throwing video sparked widespread outrage last year. 

In the clip, the influencer was seen standing on the balcony of a Toronto high-rise before she picked up the chair and hurled it onto the Gardiner Expressway 45 floors below. 

The road is one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares and the video showed the chair narrowly missing cars that were zooming along the highway. 

The video was viewed hundreds of thousands of times and captured the attention of police, who ordered the offender to hand themselves in.  

Zoia subsequently surrendered to authorities and was arrested and charged. 

She hired Greg Leslie as her lawyer, who said shortly afterward that Zoia was ’embarrassed’  by her actions. 

‘She wished it never happened. Of course, she would never wish anyone would be hurt,’ he stated. 

He later claimed Zoia had been drinking alcohol and that she was ‘peer pressured’ by her friends to throw the chair off the balcony.   

After the stunt, Zoia promptly deleted her Instagram and Facebook pages. 

However, it wasn’t long before she returned to the social media sites and started to capitalize on her notoriety. 

Her followers increased more than ten-fold in the months after the chair-throwing incident. Before the stunt she had just 4,000 Instagram followers. Now, she boasts more than 60,000. 

The Toronto-based star – who does not appear to have a full-time job – regularly posts racy photos which garner thousands of ‘likes’.  

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