UBC student Camille Cacnio leaving Provincial Court after entering a guilty plea on Stanley Cup Riot related charges in Vancouver, BC, April 11, 2012.
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Instead, she received a sentence of two years probation, a curfew and 150 hours of community service.
Justice J.F. Galati cited the social media outcry against Cacnio as part of the reason for her lighter sentence. He said that since video of her looting men's clothing store Black & Lee hit the Internet, Cacnio was fired from two receptionist jobs and delayed her schooling at UBC due to harassment from students.
Galati also said that Cacnio's participation in the riots was out of character and, prior to that, she was an upstanding member of society who was capable of even greater contributions.
"It's a reasonable decision," said defence lawyer, Jason D. Tarnow.
Cacnio stole two pairs of size-42 men's tuxedo pants and a tie during the riot. She has since returned the stolen merchandise and issued a public apology for her actions.
On the night of the riot, 900 police officers were deployed, 112 businesses were damaged and the monetary loss to those businesses is estimated to be $4 million.
This is the first time a suspended sentence has been awarded to a riot participant in Canada. This conviction will remain on Cacnio's criminal record.