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In Vermont, you would get charged with Grand Larceny for any theft
where the amount of value of what was stolen exceeded $900. The maximum possible penalty on a Grand Larceny is ten years of prison and/or a fine of $5,000. You can read the grand larceny statute for yourself here:
Ten years is theoretically your maximum risk. But while at least some jail or prison is likely if you were to go all the way to trial
and end up convicted, anything remotely approaching 10 years of prison would be unduly harsh for this offense. In fact, $900 is close enough to your $1,000 so that I suspect this felony may be reduced to a misdemeanor.
If you were interested in a plea offer, (I am not suggesting you should be) your worst case scenario would be probation). If you go to trial and lose, some kind of a split sentence
(e.g. 6 months of jail, balance of time on probation) would be reasonable for a matter like this.