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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Ribble's sentencing in kidnapping case delayed

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  • Billie Jo Ribble’s sentencing on federal kidnapping charges - originally set for Wednesday - has been adjourned until August.
    Ribble faces 20 years to life in prison when she is sentenced at 3 p.m. Aug. 6 before Judge David Larimer in U.S. District Court in Rochester.
    Ribble, 36, of Bath, pleaded guilty in March to kidnapping a woman and her infant at knifepoint on March 1, 2013.
    The incident began when Ribble was arrested by Pennsylvania State Police and Steuben County sheriff’s deputies at a WalMart near Mansfield, Pa. She’d been wanted on burglary and grand larceny charges for allegedly breaking into a home in the Town of Howard and stealing $12,000 worth of property, including 15 guns.
    After her arrest, Ribble – pregnant at the time – complained of stomach pains and was taken from the Tioga County Jail to a hospital in Wellsboro, Pa., where she assaulted a corrections officer assigned to guard her and escaped out a third-story window.
    Later that night, a woman and her six-month-old daughter were sleeping in the basement bedroom of a home in Wellsboro, and awoke to find Ribble standing over them with a large butcher’s knife.
    Still holding the butcher’s knife, Ribble picked up the child and threatened to kill the mother and child if they didn’t give her a ride. Ribble held the child at knifepoint while the mother drove her to an exit off Route 15 in Lindley and dropped her off.
    Investigators from the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police later tracked Ribble to her boyfriend’s house on Decatur Street in Corning. Ribble barricaded herself in the attic but later surrendered.
    Ribble was a standout basketball player at Campbell-Savona High School in the 1990s.

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