COLCHESTER — A Colchester woman was sentenced to 20 months in prison for obstructing commerce by robbery, according to the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont.
Sabrina Kingsbury, 41, was also sentenced to three years of supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss.
Kingsbury had previously pleaded guilty to the offense under the Hobbs Act, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment.
On April 18, 2022, Kingsbury entered the Black Diamond store in Burlington and gathered approximately $1,200 worth of merchandise.
She attempted to leave the store without paying for the items but was confronted by store employees.
She threatened to stab one of them with a knife and was subsequently arrested by officers from the Burlington Police Department.
Kingsbury was found to be in possession of a Gerber Leatherman knife at the time of her arrest.
In recommending a sentence of 24 months or less, the government cited Kingsbury’s significant progress in addressing her substance abuse and mental health issues through treatment.