PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP)-- Abigail Lee Kemp, the female face behind a number of jewelry store robberies, including one in Panama City Beach in August of 2015, has officially pleaded guilty to her role in robberies in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
Kemp made the pleas in federal court in Panama City on Wednesday in front of Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Timothy. Kemp had already pleaded guilty to two counts of Interference of Commerce by Robbery and two counts of Use/Brandishing of a Firearm during a Crime of Violence on July 11, 2016.
In all of the robberies, Kemp would case the store a day ahead of time. The next day, she would return armed with a gun and would be in contact with Jones, and the Gilmores via an earpiece. Kemp would zip-tie the employees in a back room of the jewelry store, take what she wanted then leave.
As part of her original plea in July, Kemp agreed to testify against her partners in the robberies, Lewis Jones III, Larry Bernard Gilmore and Michael Bernard Gilmore. All three men were found guilty following a three-week long trial and are looking at up to life in prison when sentenced.
In the six robberies, more than $4.3 million in jewelry was taken. The stolen merchandise was sold to an unknown man in Miami for a fraction of the value. Here's a list of the dates of the robberies, the cities and stores hit and how much jewelry was stolen.
April 28, 2015-- Woodstock, Georgia. Jared Vault. $857,484.61
August 5, 2015-- Dawsonville, Georgia. Zales Outlet Store. $13,254.
August 10, 2015-- Panama City Beach, Florida. REEDS Jewelers. $679,319.96.
September 2, 2015- Bluffton, South Carolina. Jared Vault Store. $927,438.99.
October 15, 2015-- Sevierville, Tennessee. Jared Vault Store. $893,550.11.
December 30, 2015- Macon, Georgia. REEDS Jewelers. Nothing taken (UPS Driver entered the store and disrupted the robbery before it took place.)
January 4, 2016-- Mebane, North Carolina. Jared Vault Store. $938,601.80.
Kemp and her co-defendants were caught after the FBI received tips from the public as to Kemp's identity. Once investigators found out her name, they were able to use her cell phone to put her near the jewelry stores at the time they were robbed. They used cell phone records to link her to Lewis' cell phone at times both during and after the robberies took place.
Wednesday's plea deal for Kemp covered four more Interference with Commerce by Robbery charges dealing specifically with indictments from the robberies in Mebane, North Carolina, Bluffton South Carolina, Dawsonville, Georgia and Woodstock, Georgia.
Kemp has pleaded guilty to a total of six counts of Interference with Commerce by Robbery and two counts of Use/Brandishing of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence.
On the Interference with Commerce by Robbery Charges, Kemp faces up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and three years probation. On each of the Use/Brandishing of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence Charge, Kemp is looking at a minimum prison sentence of 7 years and a maximum sentence of life.
There is no parole in the federal prison system so whatever sentence Kemp, the Gilmores and Jones get will have to be served in its entirety. Everyone involved is scheduled to be sentenced January 13th, 2017. Sentencing has already been delayed twice in this case.