VANCOUVER - A 23-year-old woman has been sentenced to four months' house arrest and 80 hours of community service for her part in the Stanley Cup riot in Vancouver.

Natalee Dennis is the first aboriginal person to be sentenced for such a crime since a landmark case in 1999 that determined the courts must consider all reasonable alternatives to jail time for First Nations offenders.

The court heard that Dennis had started drinking in Tofino the day of the riot in June of 2011 and continued on her way to Vancouver, and was drunk when she was seen helping damage cars during the violence.

The judge says since then, Dennis has been working on improving herself by enrolling in an alcohol treatment program and has written apologies to both the mayor of Vancouver and Vancouver’s police chief.

Her defence lawyer, Jason Tarnow, says Dennis is remorseful and the judge did a careful analysis of her personal circumstances and the circumstances of her actions.

Dennis, who has no previous criminal record, says she no longer drinks and plans to become a paramedic. (News1130)

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