A former beauty queen has pleaded guilty to taking part in riots in the Canadian city of Vancouver following the 2011 Stanley Cup ice hockey final.
Sophie Laboissonniere, who won the Miss Congeniality prize in a 2011 beauty
pageant in Vancouver, has admitted a charge of participating in a riot. A breaking and entering charge is likely to be stayed, her lawyer said.
Cars were set on fire and buildings looted after the Vancouver Canucks lost
to the Boston Bruins in the NHL final. Laboissonniere, who was 20 at the time of the riots in June 2011, did not
appear at the provincial court in Vancouver on Monday. However, her lawyer entered a plea on her behalf and said she would be
present at a sentencing hearing scheduled for May.
"She has received a level of notoriety that goes way beyond the offence she
committed. She's stuck with that for a long time," lawyer David Baker told
reporters. Laboissonniere was a contestant in the 2011 Miss Coastal Vancouver pageant
and and was awarded the title of Miss Congeniality.