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Former beauty queen seeks conditional discharge for Stanley Cup riot

07/09/2013 05:45 EDT | Updated 09/08/2013 05:12 EDT
The sentencing hearing for the former beauty queen who pleaded guilty to looting a downtown London Drugs store during the 2011 Stanley Cup riot resumed this afternoon in Vancouver.

Sophie Laboissonniere was charged with breaking and entering and participating in a riot that broke out after the Canucks lost the final game of the NHL playoffs.

At the sentencing hearing on Tuesday Laboissonniere's lawyer said she hopes to become an interior designer and asked the judge to give her a conditional discharge.

A conditional discharge would mean she was guilty of the charges, but would be considered to have not been convicted, provided if she meets all the conditions laid out by the judge, which could include a period of probation.

If she violated the conditions then the discharge would be cancelled and she would be sentenced at another hearing.

The Richmond resident gained notoriety because she had been a contestant in the Miss Coastal Vancouver pageant before the riot and won the Miss Congeniality title.

She was the second riot suspect to enter a guilty plea, but her case was held up while her lawyer fought successfully to keep media cameras out of the courtroom.

236 suspects charged in riot

The riot investigation by Vancouver police has been one of the largest of its kind in Canadian history. In total, police have recommended 1,139 charges against 337 suspects.

Six full-time Crown prosecutors assisted by three staff administrators have approved 719 charges against 236 of those suspects, at a cost of $3 million.

More than 130 people have entered guilty pleas, and at least 66 people have been sentenced. An additional $53,000 has been spent on legal services.

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