Stanley Cup rioter William Fisher dies at New Westminster hospital

One of the last two people to be sentenced in connection with Vancouver's 2011 Stanley Cup riot is dead, says the Correctional Service of Canada. William Fisher, 30, was an inmate at Pacific Institution in Abbotsford, B.C., and died at a hospital in New Westminster on Thursday. Deputy Warden Corinne Justason said Fisher had been serving a three-year sentence starting Feb. 19.

Fisher was handed a sentence of up to three years in prison after being convicted for violently assaulting a Good Samaritan in the midst of the 2011 Stanley Cup riot.

In his reasons for sentence, Judge Reginald Harris said Fisher's actions demonstrated a "complete disregard for social order and the safety of all those within the downtown core."

He and Jeffrey Milne were the last of 293 people to be sentenced in relation to the mayhem which rocked downtown streets in the aftermath of the Vancouver Canucks' Stanley Cup final loss in June 2011.

Fisher participated in the riot for about two-and-a-half hours, committing three assaults and confronting police lines in multiple locations.

He stole clothing from a men's store and was convicted of a series of assaults on three different Good Samaritans.

The most serious of those saw both Fisher and Milne combine to beat a defenseless man into unconsciousness.

He was sentenced for:

Taking part in a riot.
Disguising face with intent to commit indictable offence.
Aggravated assault.
Breaking and entering.
Failing to remain at scene of an accident.
Breach of recognizance.

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