The Richmond, B.C., resident was among the first batch of suspects charged after the riot. Media reports quickly identified her as the winner of Miss Congeniality at a local beauty pageant, sending her name and photo across the country and farther afield.
She was charged with one count of participating in a riot and one count of breaking and entering. She pleaded guilty to the riot charge, while the break-and-enter charge will be stayed by the Crown once she is sentenced, said her lawyer, A former beauty queen whose crowning as Miss Congeniality made her one of the highest-profile suspects in Vancouver’s Stanley Cup riot has pleaded guilty participating in a riot..
The court has yet to hear what Laboissonniere did as rioters torched cars, smashed windows and looted stores around her. Those details will come out at a sentencing hearing later this year, which she must attend, Baker said.
“I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to be commenting on the facts now, but I can say this: compared to the vast majority of people charged here, her participation in this riot was at the very low end of the scale,” Baker told reporters outside provincial court.
“She has received a level of notoriety that goes way beyond the offence she committed. She’s stuck with that for a long time.”
The trouble began in a public outdoor viewing area, where thousands of people had gathered to watch the game on giant screens. It was there that the first car was set ablaze, but the mayhem quickly spread.