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Stanley Cup Riot Charges Laid Against Another 29 People

08/01/2013 03:07 EDT | Updated 10/01/2013 05:12 EDT
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VANCOUVER - Another 29 people, including two minors, have been charged in Vancouver's Stanley Cup riot.

B.C.'s criminal justice branch says the latest charges bring the total number of accused rioters to 258, though prosecutors are still examining nearly 50 other cases to determine whether charges will be laid.

The riot broke out in the dying minutes of Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup final, sparking hours of mayhem that saw jersey-clad fans torch cars, smash windows and loot stores.

The Vancouver police created a special unit to handle riot investigations and have now forwarded reports involving 352 people to the Crown.

Of those, 258 have been formally charged, the Crown decided not to proceed against 46, and prosecutors have yet to make a decision in the rest.

The criminal justice branch says 166 people have pleaded guilty, one person was convicted at trial, while nine people have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.

A total of 126 rioters have been sentenced, with penalties ranging from a conditional discharge to more than a year in jail.

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