Rioter ordered to pay victim $2,000 0
A judge has ordered a Stanley Cup rioter to pay restitution to a victim of the June 15, 2011, mayhem - the first time such a punishment has been handed out since sentencing began in February.
Alexander Peepre was sentenced Thursday to 60 days in jail, 18 months probation and 125 hours community service after pleading guilty to assault and riot charges. He must also pay $2,000 to the owner of a GMC Sierra truck he helped overturn on the riot night.
The 21-year-old, who started serving his sentence immediately after being escorted from the courtroom by a sheriff, previously expressed a desire to pay restitution to riot victims, according to his lawyer Emmet Duncan.
Peepre will remain in jail until Sunday and serve the rest of his sentence on weekends so he can continue his University of B.C. studies.
The political science student hugged his mother in the gallery prior to the sentencing, while his girlfriend let out a small cry when Judge Karen Walker ordered jail time.
Peepre admitted to drinking as many as 18 beers the day of the riot before overturning the truck and taunting police officers who told him to leave the area. He later went on to punch a Good Samaritan who had already been knocked to the ground after attempting to put out a number of garbage can fires.
Assault victim Cameron Brown ended up with a concussion that night, and three stitches near his left eye. He attended the sentencing to serve Peepre with a notice of a civil suit after his camera was severely damaged following the assault and he was forced to rent new equipment for work.
Brown, who is seeking about $10,000 from Peepre, told 24 hours his attacker ended up with a "cushy" sentence.
"I didn't know you could do (jail time) just on the weekends."
Despite the fact Peepre gave the court a written apology addressed to his assault victim, Brown said he never received the letter.
"It would be nice if, maybe, he put some more effort into (delivering) it."