Richmond Miss Congeniality pleads guilty to role in riot

Richmond Miss Congeniality pleads guilty to role in riot

By Alan Campbell, Richmond News January 8, 2013
Sophie Laboissonniere has finally pleaded guilty to charges relating to the infamous 2011 Stanley Cup riot.

Sophie Laboissonniere has finally pleaded guilty to charges relating to the infamous 2011 Stanley Cup riot.

Photograph by: Richmond NEWS , File Photo

A former Miss B.C. contestant has finally pleaded guilty to taking part in the notorious 2011 Stanley Cup riot.

The lawyer representing Sophie Laboissonniere, 20 at the time of the riot, entered the plea on his client’s behalf at Vancouver Provincial Court on Monday.

She reportedly didn’t appear due to the media spotlight that’s been cast on her since the offence was committed.

Laboissonniere was charged with participating in a riot and for breaking-and-entering, after allegedly looting a London Drugs store that June night 18 months ago.

She originally pleaded not guilty to the charges before this week’s court hearing.

Laboissonniere, a former McMath secondary student, was once named Miss Congeniality in the 2011 Miss Coastal Vancouver pageant.

It’s expected that the looting charge will now be stayed when she appears for sentence in May.

Her eight-day trial, scheduled for April and May, will now be cancelled following her guilty plea.

Laboissonniere’s lawyer, David Baker, said in the past that his client took one bottle of water from the pharmacy during the riot.

The Crown has approved charges against 173 people, while police have recommended charges against a total of 315 suspected rioters.

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COMMENT:
To be very blunt, I am really getting very VERY tired of seeing this story . This starts to go from journalism to “tabloid-ish” yellow journalism.
This person has admittedly made a mistake and has plead guilty. However her name and her photo has been repeatedly published since this incident occurred. This is a young person that has learned a valubable lesson and needs to move forward, not have her face and her name branded into the public psyche like she was a  major criminal.
Probably the only reason this is mentioned ad -nauseum is that she had a fleeting moment of fame as a Miss Congeniality Contest winner. What are you trying to do… create another story where she can’t take the publicity anymore and she flips out and does something bad to herself…..or…..???
In addition..an EIGHT DAY trial was scheduled ? …you gotta be kidding…how much would that have cost the taxpayer ????
Move on media….perhaps do something more useful and constructive like expose those assholes in Gov’t etc.  that do  more harm to society  than this person was accussed of.
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