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Updated: Tue, 09 Jul 2013 22:55:29 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Miss Congeniality gets conditional discharge for Cup riot



Miss Congeniality gets conditional discharge for Cup riot

Sophie Laboissonniere, the former beauty queen who pleaded guilty to breaking into a downtown Vancouver drug store during the 2011 Stanley Cup riot, was given a conditional discharge on Tuesday afternoon.

She was also sentenced to 16 months probation and 60 hours of community service. The sentence means Laboissonniere will not have a criminal record and will not serve time in prison for her role in the riot, provided she commits no criminal offence in the next 16 months.

Laboissonniere was charged with breaking and entering and participating in the riot that broke out after the Canucks lost the final game of the Stanley Cup Finals.

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.

The Richmond, B.C., 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.

- Read more about her sentencing hearings

With files from the CBC's Jodie Martinson

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