A 21-year-old University of B.C. student from Richmond has pleaded guilty to taking part in last year’s notorious Stanley Cup riot.
Camille Cacnio will now appear back in court in Vancouver for sentencing on June 20, where she will learn what punishment will be meted out.
Four days after the June 2011 riot, a smiling Cacnio was identified in a YouTube video leaving the smashed-up Black & Lee Formal Wear store at Richards and Granville holding an item of clothing.
The next day, Cacnio issued a 3,500-word public apology that placed much of the blame on "mob mentality."
"If you still don't believe I'm a good person, here's a little side story for you," read one part of the apology. "As many of you already know, I am majoring in Conservation Biology at UBC. I strongly belirve [sic] in ecological conservation and sustainability. That night, I saw a few people that were trying to knock trees down. So what did I do? I yelled at them, saying 'Pleaaseee, not the treees!!!!' And what did they do? They stopped. And I felt like a hero."
Cacnio, who won a scholarship in 2007 while at Burnett secondary, then launched her very own apology website entitled "Dear Vancouver, I am sorry," with a shorter, 400-word statement.
She also apologized to Black & Lee, UBC Athletics, the UBC Rowing Team she was a part of, Enspire Foundation, the UBC Faculty of Science and the Burrard Acura dealership where she subsequently lost her job as a receptionist when the riot allegations came to light.