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Rutland Man Imprisoned Following Guilty Plea to String of Convenience Store Robberies

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Vermont

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Joey Miles Sherwood, 31, of Rutland, was sentenced today in United States District Court in Burlington to 38 months’ imprisonment following his guilty plea to a charge that he robbed the Cumberland Farms convenience store in Wallingford, Vermont last August. As part of his plea agreement, Sherwood admitted to committing three additional convenience store robberies last August: the robbery of the Maplefields convenience store in Pittsford, the robbery of the Union Street Grocery in Brandon, and the attempted robbery of the Maplefields convenience store in Shoreham. U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss also ordered that Sherwood serve 3 years of supervised release following completion of his prison term and pay restitution in the amount of $746. Sherwood has been detained since he first appeared in federal court last September.

According to court records, Sherwood’s prosecution and conviction stemmed from an investigation into several convenience store robberies occurring in Rutland and Addison Counties during the months of July and August 2021. Additionally, according to court records, during each of the robberies to which Sherwood admitted, Sherwood entered the store, retrieved a beverage from a cooler, and approached the cashier. As the cashier rang up the sale, Sherwood demanded money and brandished a knife in the direction of the cashier. On August 30, 2021, Sherwood was arrested in Rutland. On September 2, 2021, a federal grand jury in Burlington returned an indictment charging Sherwood with the robbery of the Wallingford Cumberland Farms. In February of this year, Sherwood pleaded guilty to the Wallingford robbery and admitted to committing the Pittsford, Brandon, and Shoreham robberies.

United States Attorney Nikolas Kerest commended the investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Vermont State Police, and the coordination and assistance provided by the Brandon Police Department, the Middlebury Police Department, the Rutland City Police Department, and the Rutland County Sheriff’s Department. U.S. Attorney Kerest stated, “This case exemplifies the type of important investigative and collaborative work that Vermont’s federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies do every day.  Their collaborative efforts allow our office to prosecute individuals such as Joey Sherwood, whose actions sow unacceptable levels of fear and disorder in Vermont communities.”

Sherwood is represented by Assistant Federal Defender Sara Puls. The prosecutor is Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly Ang.

Updated June 17, 2022

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