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Crane climber pleads guilty: ‘I thought it would make me feel more alive’

January 10, 2018 5:53 PM
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“Climbing that crane was a terrible idea, it was a terrible mistake,” Marisa Lazo told the court in a lengthy apology.

Marisa Lazo, who was dramatically rescued from a downtown Toronto crane last year, received an absolute discharge late last month after pleading guilty to two counts of mischief.

While Lazo’s crane climb captured international attention, her guilty plea escaped the media glare after her lawyer vacated a Jan. 10 court date in the Ontario Court of Justice.

According to an audio recording of the Dec. 29 proceeding, Lazo received an absolute discharge. The Crown withdrew four counts of mischief.

Lazo, 23, read a lengthy and tearful apology in court that included some insight into why she scaled a 25-to-30-storey condo construction crane at 50 Wellesley St. E. at 3:10 a.m. on April 26, 2017.

“Climbing that crane was a terrible idea, it was a terrible mistake. I’m ashamed and embarrassed and did not see all the harm that I caused,” Lazo told court.

The George Brown architecture studies student said she knew what she was doing was “wrong and dangerous.”

But prior to the incident, Lazo said she was struggling with her mental health. She said she was drinking heavily and avoiding getting the help she needed.

After a night of drinking, and feeling alone and isolated, Lazo said she was walking by the construction site when she “impulsively decided” to hop a fence and scale the crane.


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