Is it too lenient or the proper punishment? That is the question that many in Vancouver are asking Wednesday as Robert Snelgrove, a 24-year-old participant in the city’s riots
that took place last year during the final game of the Stanley Cup finals, will avoid spending time in jail.
After appearing on television
looting cosmetics from a Sears department store, Snelgrove turned himself in the next day. The Rogers salesperson blamed alcohol intoxication for his actions and said he was suspended from his job. He pleaded guilty in April.
The court sentenced Snelgrove to a five-month conditional sentence where he will spend the first three months under house arrest where he will live in his parents’ home in Coquitlam. He will be permitted to leave for work or with permission from a conditional sentence supervisor. The final two months will involve a 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew. Snelgrove will be banned from entering Vancouver unless it is for work or medical emergencies.
Upon completion of the sentence, he will be on probation for 16 months and pay a $500 fine. He will also take part in 150 hours of community service as well as write a letter of apology to the City of Vancouver and the province of British Columbia in the next 30 days.
According to the Globe and Mail
, Crown spokesperson Neil MacKenzie said the prosecutors were seeking a shorter sentence, but wanted Snelgrove to spend his time in prison so the public would view his punishment as more severe.
“If you look at the video, you can see he wasn’t one of the guys waving his arms going, ‘Hey, guys, come on, follow me, let’s grab some stuff,” said Snelgrove’s lawyer Chandra Corriveau in an interview with 24 Hours
. “He took an opportunity. It was a dumb thing to do. But he’s not really one of the guys who was there for the purpose of the riot. He just had too much to drink and got caught up in the mayhem and he’s apologized quite a few times now.”
There have been more than 300 charges brought against 121 people and only two of those have been prison sentences.