Although I do not practice in Vermont, I can tell you that most states have laws that direct a court to apply the sentence that was in effect at the time the offense was committed. However, most states also have laws indicating that if a newer law has been passed reducing the penalty, the defendant would get the benefit of any sentencing provisions of the new law.
Hopefully a criminal defense lawyer from VT will see your question and fill us in.
Dan J. Weisenburger
Attorney at Law