Woman gets prison time after roller derby vendetta

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 23, 2011 7:13 PM
Woman gets prison time after roller derby vendetta

By Verna Gates

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - A woman angered by a roller derby team has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for trying to bomb a Mobile skate center and a team member's house.

Authorities say Samantha Leigh Kimbrough, 33, was seeking vengeance after the team dismissed her roommate.

In one instance last year, she tried to set fire to the skate center using a bucket filled with gasoline and a wine bottle with a wick inside.

The judge who sentenced Kimbrough in Mobile on Tuesday recommended she get counseling and substance abuse treatment in prison.

"The risk of death or injury was very real in this case," said Glenn Anderson, special agent in charge with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Nashville.

After failing to set fire to the Dreamland Skate Center last July, Kimbrough tried again in August using a pipe bomb she made with the help of a YouTube video, authorities said.

The bomb caused thousands of dollars in damage but injured no one.

Kimbrough also attempted to bomb and burn the home of her roommate's team rival but was unsuccessful, according to court documents.

Kimbrough pleaded guilty in December.

She apologized on Tuesday to the skating rink owner, who nearly lost his business due to safety fears from the blast and the roller derby team moving to a competing center.

(Additional reporting by Peggy Gargis; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Jerry Norton)