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Hudson Valley Woman Sentenced For Killing Mother, Family Fears She Will Kill Again

Ellenville Police
Ellenville Police

A Hudson Valley woman who stabbed her mother over 200 times may spend the rest of her life in prison.


On Friday in Ulster County Court, 28-year-old Sarra Gilbert of Ellenville was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison, the maximum sentence.

The maximum sentence was recommended by the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office because Sarra’s sister, Stevie, told prosecutors she feared that if Sarra got out of prison she would kill her, officials say.

On July 23, 2016, Ellenville Police received a call from Sherre Gilbert asking authorities to check on her mother, Mari Gilbert, who was at her sister’s, Sarra Gilbert, apartment.

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When officers arrived at the apartment, Mari’s car was spotted in the driveway.

Police entered the building and allegedly found Sarra in the kitchen area with blood on her clothing. Mari was found dead on the floor.

An autopsy on Mari Gilbert, 52, determined the official cause of death was listed as homicide, due to over 200 stab wounds to her torso, along with other injuries, which included being bashed in the head with a fire extinguisher.

In April, following a 10 day trial, a jury found Gilbert guilty of murder, denying her defense team’s claim that she was mentally ill.

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