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Camille Cacnio pleads guilty to rioting

A Richmond woman who lost her job as a result of her involvement in the June 2011 Stanley Cup riot in downtown Vancouver, has pled guilty to participating in a riot.

Camille Roxanne Cacnio pled guilty last week in Vancouver provincial court.

She was originally also charged with breaking and entering.

A pre-sentencing report will be prepared in anticipation of her next court appearance, scheduled for June 20 in Vancouver, at which time she's expected to be sentenced.

Cacnio, a scholarship winner in 2007, admitted that she's the young woman pictured at the 1:33 mark of a YouTube video at http://tinyurl.com/CacnioRiot.

In a blog she posted after the riot, and which she hastily took down after apparently having second thoughts about its content and receiving negative feedback, she apologized for her actions and said she was prepared to face the music.

She said she was caught up in "mob mentality" and was seeking an "adrenaline rush" and suggested that she was impaired by alcohol.

"At the time, being a part of the riot was simply to fulfill the adrenaline rush I was looking and hoping for—an adrenaline rush that I previously got from post-winning games: hugging randoms, dancing on the streets, honking car horns non-stop, and high-fiving just about everybody. In the same way that everybody enjoyed collectively showing pride in our team, it was enjoyable to express my disappointment in a collective manor."

She wrote: "I had no intentions of defiling the city. I love Vancouver as much as you do—I've lived her since I was 7 months old. But in my immature, intoxicated perspective all I saw was that the riot was happening, and would continue happening with or without me, so I might as well get my adrenaline fix."

Cacnio lashed back at those social media users who said she should "go back to her own country" and that "we CANADIANS dont want her here."

She noted she's a Canadian citizen and said: "Racism is not accepted in my country, so to the following people, and all others of the like, if you are going to make racist remarks, then maybe you should leave our country.

Cacnio had until the riot had been working as a receptionist at Burrard Acura and was employed at the UBC Birdcoop Fitness Centre.

She lost her job at Burrard Acura.

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