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.