Home invasion getaway driver gets 19.5 years in prison

21-year-old drove robbers to, from scene, authorities say
Home invasion getaway driver gets 19.5 years in prison
Christopher A. Kimps, Jesse D. Adams, Sarah H. Buckingham and Kayla L. Pearson

The woman who authorities said was driving the robbers convicted in a town of Fulton home invasion robbery last year.

The Rock County District Attorney’s Office said 21-year-old Sarah Ann Buckingham will serve a combined 19.5 years in prison with 14 years of extended supervision for three charges related to the Jan. 11, 2013 robbery.

Buckingham was convicted of party to the crimes of armed robbery and felony theft of firearms, and operating a motor vehicle with without the owner’s consent; all felonies.

Buckingham is the last of four parties involved in the robbery to be sentenced. Christopher Kimps was sentenced on Feb. 7 to 33 years in prison and 23 years extended supervision; Jesse Adams was sentenced March 4 to 33 years in prison and 23 years extended supervision; and Kayla Pearson received 18 years in prison and 13 years extended supervision on March 5, the district attorney’s office said.

According to a criminal complaint, Adams and Kimps entered a home while masked and armed, bound the victims with duct tape, forced a man to open a gun vault and stole firearms, jewelry and money from the home. Kimps and Adams also loaded the items into the victim’s pickup truck and Kimps used the truck to transport the stolen property from the scene of the robbery. Kimps was observed by officers in the stolen truck shortly after the robbery and successfully fled from officers who engaged him in a high-speed chase. Buckingham was present during the planning of the robbery and transported Kimps, Adams and Pearson to the scene of the robbery, and returned to the residence with Pearson to pick up Adams following the robbery. Buckingham then drove Kimps and Adams to the Wisconsin Dells area following the robbery where they were joined the following day by Pearson. Buckingham and the co-defendants were apprehended on Jan. 14, 2013, after a vehicle chase with officers in the Wisconsin Dells area. The vehicle used by Buckingham was used without the permission of the owner.

Buckingham faced 49.5 years in prison between the three charges.