BARRE — Stuart Kurt Rollins, 59, of Barre City, was sentenced to time served and three years of supervised release in connection with a federal hate crime.
Rollins has been detained since Nov. 27, 2019, and thus has served nearly a year in prison.
According to court documents filed in connection with Rollins’s guilty plea, on July 29, 2019, Rollins intimidated and harassed his neighbors, members of a Hispanic family, including two children, because of their race and national origin and because they occupied a home on his street.
Rollins threatened to burn down the family’s home while they were inside and threatened to set fire to a member of the family.
Rollins shouted racial and ethnic slurs at the family, yelled at them to “go back to Mexico,” and yelled that “you Mexicans don’t belong on this street.”
Court records also state that Rollins warned the family that he would do “whatever it takes to get you off this street.”
He also exposed his genitals and buttocks in front of the family, including one of the children, and finally, smashed the family’s mailbox and smashed glass on their lawn during the incident.
U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont Christina E. Nolan stated that violence in the form of federal hate crimes is antithetical to our core values of freedom, unity, and equality.
She says the threats made a Vermont family feel unsafe in their own home, just because of their race and national origin.
“Investigating hate crimes is one of the FBI’s highest priorities,” stated Thomas F. Relford, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Albany Field Office. “No individual should live in fear because of someone’s intolerance and hatred. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to protect the rights of all Americans.”