First Stanley Cup rioter sentenced to jail

Ryan Dickinson is the first suspect to be charged for participating in the June 15, 2011 riot....

Ryan Dickinson is the first suspect to be charged for participating in the June 15, 2011 riot. (COURT EXHIBIT)

Stephanie Ip, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:29 PM ET

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.


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