Robert Snelgrove, charged in the Stanley Cup riots, appears at Provincial Court in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday July 9, 2012.
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Robert Snelgrove declined to read his letter aloud in court or in public, as his lawyer, Chandra Corriveau, explained the 25-year-old has now become the "poster boy" for rioters.
"He's tired of being followed around by cameras," Corriveau said, adding her client has lost three jobs since the riot due to media attention and is having difficulty making ends meet.
He didn't want to appear before reporters again to read the letter so as not to jeopardize a new job, she explained.
Snelgrove said in his apology, which was part of his sentence, the riot forced him to recognize he had an alcohol problem that required counselling. He was caught on camera stealing beauty products from the Sears department store downtown during the riot.
"The shame I have felt over the past year is overwhelming, as is the disgrace and embarrassment I have caused to my family," his apology stated.
"The best thing to do is realize how big a mistake you have made and try to fix it as best you can."
Snelgrove is now living with his parents in Coquitlam, BC, after Judge Gregory Rideout sentenced him to house arrest and 150 community service hours and banned him from entering Vancouver except for court appearances.
He is the third person sentenced for taking part in the riot and the first to avoid jail time. Emmanuel Alviar and Ryan Dickinson were sentenced to one and 17 months in prison, respectively.