First Stanley Cup rioter sentenced to jail
Stephanie Ip, QMI Agency
|Ryan Dickinson is the first suspect to be charged for participating in the June 15, 2011 riot. (COURT EXHIBIT)
VANCOUVER - The first Stanley Cup rioter to be sentenced will spend a little over a year in jail, a judge decided Thursday.
The sentence for Ryan Dickinson comes eight months after the Coquitlam, B.C., man was captured on video throwing a newspaper box into an unmarked police car and later tossing a mannequin leg into a destroyed storefront.
Last month, he pleaded guilty to charges of participating in a riot, and breach of recognizance, stemming from breaking a court-ordered curfew from an earlier non-related charge.
Dickinson was sentenced to 17 months, minus 3.5 months for time already served.
Dickinson — who was 20 at the time of the June 15 riot and has been in custody since early December — has become a poster boy of sorts in the riot investigation. His sentence is expected to set the tone for future sentences.
On Tuesday, the judge was told in a pre-sentencing report how Dickinson helped destroy two police cars parked on the street. The court also heard how he then shared his exploits the following morning with a friend on Facebook.
The Crown urged the judge to consider the context, noting individual actions such as Dickinson’s helped influence the larger outcome of the riot.