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Jail time dodged for Vancouver rioters

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

Vancouver rioter Camille Cacnio avoided jail time Friday for her participation in the 2011 Stanley Cup riot.

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 the University of B.C. due to harassment from students.

Galati also said 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 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.

Fellow rioter Sean Burkett also avoided jail time Friday. The 19-year-old from Surrey received a three-month conditional sentence along with a year's probation.