Vt. woman sentenced to 7 years in fatal drug robbery plot

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) A Berlin woman connected to a drug robbery and fatal fire in Northfield will serve more than seven years in federal prison.

The Times Argus reports Kimberly Hoisington, 58, was sentenced in federal court in Burlington Tuesday. She's the latest member of a group of defendants to be sentenced for their involvement in the 2015 fatal fire that killed Brittany Burt and seriously injured her boyfriend, Efren Serrano.

Prosecutors say the group robbed several drug dealers in Washington County. They would douse their victims with gasoline, threaten them with a lighter, and then steal their drugs.

Tammy Wilder of Berlin was sentenced Monday to 15 years for her involvement.

Kimberly's husband, Richard Hoisington, was sentenced last month to one year in jail. His son, Howard Hoisington, who was considered the ring leader of the plot, was sentenced to 24 years.

Jonathan Zampieri, 35, of Montpelier, who also pleaded guilty, is set to be sentenced next week. Another defendant in the case, Kevin Atwood, died in jail in 2016 of an apparent suicide.