Stanley Cup rioter sentenced to prison last week dies in hospital

Dec 19 2017, 8:25 pm

A Stanley Cup rioter who was sentenced to prison last week died in a hospital in New Westminster on Thursday.

Thirty-year-old William Fisher began his three-year sentence, the stiffest handed out to Stanley Cup rioters, at Abbotsford’s Pacific Institution on February 19. He was convicted for taking part in the riot, disguising his face with the intent to commit an indictable offence, mischief, assault, aggravated assault and break and enter, failure to remain at the scene of an accident, and breach of recognizance.

This includes advancing on police and severely assaulting Chris Leveille, a good samaritan who tried to prevent rioters from looting a Budget Car rental location. Leveille suffered lacerations and a crushed lung from being stomped and became unconscious after being kicked in the head.

Later on in the evening, Fisher also attacked another man outside Hudson’s Bay.

In a statement, the Correctional Service of Canada says Fisher’s next of kin have been notified of his death. The federal agency will be working with police and the coroner to investigate the causes and circumstances of his death.