Burlington shoplifter who threatened employees with knife sentenced

Sabrina Kingsbury, 41, most recently of Colchester, was sentenced to 20 months imprisonment in federal prison by U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss. Judge Reiss also sentenced Kingsbury to three years supervised release, which follows her prison sentence. 

Kingsbury previously pleaded guilty to an offense under the Hobbs Act with obstructing commerce by robbery, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment. 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. 

According to court records on April 18, 2022, at approximately 4:00 p.m., Kingsbury entered the Black Diamond store at 17 Church Street and gathered about $1,200 worth of merchandise. Kingsbury then attempted to leave the store without paying for these items. After store employees confronted her, she threatened to stab one of them with a knife. Soon after, officers from the Burlington Police Department arrested Kingsbury with the merchandise near the bus stop located at St. Paul and Pearl Streets. At the time of her arrest, Kingsbury possessed a Gerber Leatherman knife. 

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  1. Hobbs Act with obstructing commerce by robbery, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment. 20 years is 240 months. So our justice system decides that 8.4% (20 months) of 240 month maximum is correct punishment for someone who robs with a deadly weapon. SERIOUSLY ! ! !

  2. What’s missing in this? Simple answer- Chittenden County State’s Atty. sarah george and the Vermont Judicial system.
    Federal charges for shoplifting and threatening with a deadly weapon are state crimes, should ms. george wanted to prosecute.
    That this crime was prosecuted on a federal level is indicative of the level of gaslighting and disregard for Vermont’s laws by ms. george.

  3. A big thank you going out to our US Attorney and Judge Reiss for their creative use of federal laws, obviously being invoked in the total vacuum of enforcement of our own state statutes by Chittenden County State’s Attorney, Sarah George. To Ms. George, this was just another desperate and needy shoplifter who only produced the knife when confronted because she fully expected to be able to walk right out the door unimpeded, like any other shoplifter in the jurisdiction would. Having multiple pricey items to wear from Black Diamond or the option to fence them on the street is, after all a human right.

  4. Thank you, Ms George, for doing such a piss-poor job of enforcing the law that the state had to step in. And since when is using a weapon in the commission of a robbery NOT armed robbery? Oh, wait, that’s a state charge and Ms George’s bleeding heart won’t prosecute users or whack jobs for crimes, no matter how serious.