A Stanley Cup rioter from Richmond who once won a Miss Congeniality title during a beauty-queen contest is changing her plea of not guilty to guilty.
Sophie Laboissonniere, who was to appear in Vancouver Provincial Court on Thursday for a pretrial conference for a scheduled spring trial, didn't show up.
Instead, the former McMath secondary student's lawyer said she would now plead guilty.
Her next court date is set for Jan. 3.
Laboissonniere, 20 at the time of the 2011 Stanley Cup riot, had pleaded not guilty in May to two charges, despite her lawyer earlier indicating she would plead guilty.
One was for participating in a riot and the other for break-and-enter, after allegedly looting a London Drugs store that night.
Her eight-day trial, scheduled for April and May, will now be cancelled following her guilty plea, court heard.
Laboissonniere's lawyer, David Baker, said his client took one bottle of water from the pharmacy.
She was named Miss Congeniality in the 2011 Miss Coastal Vancouver pageant. In a January 2011 post on her blog, which since been taken down, she wrote: "2011: A new year to make permanent changes."
Her arrest and charges went viral on the Internet and the story was picked up around the world.
London Drugs lost $425,000 in merchandise on the night of June 15, 2011, sparked by the Vancouver Canucks' loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final.
Total damages that night have been estimated at $3.8 million.
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