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First convicted Stanley Cup rioter gets 17 months in jail

Feb 17, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT


The first Stanley Cup riot sentencing went down Thursday in Vancouver, with Ryan Dickinson, 20, being given a 17-month jail sentence for his participation in the unrest (worth 16 months in the slammer), and also for breaching bail conditions from an unrelated assault charge (worth 1 month).

Now, if you think 16 months is a rather long sentence for throwing a newspaper box at a couple of unmarked police cars and throwing another newspaper box through a store window, well, you’d be right.

An explanation, via The Globe and Mail:

What impact Mr. Dickinson’s case has on others remains to be seen. His case is different from many of the other 51 people who’ve been charged because he had a criminal record. The Coquitlam resident was previously convicted for an assault in which he kicked a man in the head. He served 10 days in jail as a result and was under curfew the night of the riot.

The sentences that will be interesting to learn are the ones handed out to previously upstanding citizens who will say they “just got caught up in the moment” or “didn’t appreciate the magnitude of the situation” or “always wanted a Coach bag and this one here was free.”

  1. buffalomafia - Feb 17, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    While in jail no tv no weight room & bread & water for meals!

  2. welkersstache83 - Feb 17, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Being a canucks fan is punishment enough

  3. babar61 - Feb 17, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Good, make examples of these clowns. Now how long until the Boston trolls show up…

    • inistanbul01 - Feb 17, 2012 at 10:36 AM

      too late, look above.

    • govtminion - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      THERE’S punishment for a rowdy ‘Nucks fan. Only thing on TV in your cell? Bruins games.

  4. ikillchicken - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    “Now, if you think 16 months is a rather long sentence for throwing a newspaper box at a couple of unmarked police cars and throwing another newspaper box through a store window, well, you’d be right.”

    Uh…no. 16 months is unequivocally NOT a rather long sentence for this kind of vandalism. Maybe if we don’t let these punks off with a slap on the wrist then they or others will actually learn something for once.

    • Jason Brough - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:51 AM

  5. drewzducks - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Only 10 days for kicking a man in the head? No wonder these punks act like jackoffs and expect little punishment in return. Stay classy Vancouver.

    • kitshky - Feb 17, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      You are one of the biggest jokes I’ver ever had the misfortune of stumbling across.

      First of all, you have absolutely zero context on what this jackass’ (totally not defending the wank) original offense was or how the Judicial System dealt with him. Secondly, please tell me you’re not seriously trying to paint Vancouver as the only city in North America where the justice system is backlogged, overworked, and underfunded. You do realize this has absolutely nothing to do with the Vancouver Canucks hockey club or its fans right?

      It would take about 15 minutes on Google to find news articles about ridiculous and offensive behaviour both by the citizens and the Judicial System of any major American city … obviously including your precious Boston.

      For once man … stay on point wouldya?

      • kitshky - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:08 PM

        Ok ok ok … I typed while pissy, my bad.

        It just drives me nuts when people who have probably never stepped foot in my city feel they have a right to comment on things they have no knowledge of. No understanding about the kind of peope who came into town with the predetermined goal of rioting win or lose, no understanding of the geography of Vancouver or the fact that the mass majoritiy of people (fans or not) were not participating in a riot but could do nothing to stop it because there wasnt enough police (cough*Gregor*cough) present to support anyone standing up to the morons … and certainly no idea of where Lucic’s church is located and the social issues of the area (yes I’m pointing out that it is in East Van …sue me) that might just have played a part in this kind of vandalism.

        Ok Im done.

      • massivedick - Feb 17, 2012 at 10:40 PM

        kitshky, you like to hear yourself talk to freaking much. no one cares you limey a$$ mf.

      • kitshky - Feb 18, 2012 at 11:39 AM

        Not nearly as much as I enjoy hearing someone named “massivedick” inexplicable call me a limey(?) ..then insult me using $’s.

  6. canuckinamerica - Feb 17, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Hope he ends up sharing a cell with Bertuzzi.

  7. drewsylvania - Feb 18, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    I wonder how many people are going to get jail time from this.

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