Three years later and Stanley Cup rioters still being sentenced

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Three years later and Stanley Cup rioters still being sentenced

Calling their actions ‘cowardly,’ a provincial court judge in Vancouver has put three more Stanley Cup rioters behind bars.

Provincial Court Judge Greg Rideout sentenced the young men in order.. leaving the worst offender Michael MacDonald for last.

They were all either 19 or 20 years old when they took part in the swarming attack of Robert MacKay in a group of up to 15.

Carlos Barahona-Villeda has been sentenced to six months, David Leonati could spend up to seven months behind bars and Michael MacDonald will serve as much as nine months.

Rideout says MacDonald’s actions were the most ‘egregious’ because he delivered 12 blows to the victim… that were ‘precise, powerful and designed to cause harm.’

He’s the only one with a criminal record as an adult… and violated his parole for an aggravated assault committed in 2010.

Before the men were led away in handcuffs, the judge said, ‘Gentlemen, this is a sad day.’

Prosecutors were seeking up to 15 months and defence lawyers were hoping for conditional sentences of 60 to 90 days.


  1. Stunned that the judge didn’t side with the defence lawyers…given that there were enough mitigating circumstances to excuse their behaviour… I mean , really, the Canucks had just lost, they had been drinking, the sun was shining,, Etc,etc… So they deserve to be cut some slack. They were just letting off some steam, and got just a little bit carried away. I’m sure if they apologized and promised never to be bad boys again , that would be good enough for all of us ..right .????
    That’s the kind of BS that the SCOC would have you swallow !

  2. Oooohhh… 9 whole months! Isn’t that a little harsh? Give me a break! And he’s already been convicted of other offences? What’s the point in all of this. It’s not like these people are actually being punished, it’s just wasting valuable court time. The judges and prosecutors could be sentencing other criminals to their suspended sentences of hanging out at home.