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Former beauty queen pleads guilty for her role in Stanley Cup riot

People leave messages on the Hudson's Bay Company windows in downtown Vancouver, B.C., on Friday June 15, 2012, on the one-year anniversary of the 2011 Stanley Cup Riot. The store was damaged and looted during the riot and in the days that followed people wrote messages on plywood that covered the broken windows.


A former beauty queen has admitted to participating in the 2011 Stanley Cup riot in Vancouver.

Sophie Laboissonniere of Richmond, B.C., who was crowned Miss Congeniality at a local beauty pageant, wasn't in court for the guilty plea.

The woman's lawyer entered the guilty plea of one count of participating in a riot.

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She was among the first people charged after the riot, which broke out on June 15, 2011, after the Vancouver Canucks lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final.

A sentencing hearing has not been set, though the judge has granted the Crown's request for a presentence report with a psychological component.

Rioters spent hours burning cars, smashing windows and looting stores over several blocks of downtown Vancouver until police in riot gear used tear gas to bring the crowds under control.

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