Woman makes plea deal in jewelry store heists in SC, NC and GA

Woman makes plea deal in jewelry store heists in SC, NC and GA

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a 25-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to charges arising from a string of jewelry store heists across the South, including South Carolina.

Abigail Lee Kemp waived her right to trial in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina when she accepted a plea deal Wednesday in Panama City federal court, according to court documents.

She has already pleaded guilty to conspiring with three men in the robbery of a Panama City Beach jewelry store, the reports say. Arrested last January, she was charged in a string of robberies spanning a 10-month period.

Federal prosecutors accused Kemp and 35-year-old Lewis Jones III of teaming up to rob a half-dozen jewelry stores in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and the Carolinas.

Court records show the FBI zeroed in on Kemp after analyzing records from cellphone towers near the robberies, then checking social media and hearing from suspicious friends.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 13.

Kemp faces up to 20 years for each of six counts of interfering with commerce and could face a life sentence for brandishing a firearm during store robberies.

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