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Southern Female Jewelry Bandit Pleads Guilty, Could Face Up to 54 Years in Prison

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She was accused of executing six armed heists across five states.

Abigail Kemp – who was arrested in January for a string of armed jewelry store robberies in five different states across the Southeast – has pleaded guilty, the Panama City News Herald reports. The article says that the 25-year-old Kemp, who allegedly worked with three accomplices, pleaded guilty to several counts of interference with commerce by threat or violence and committing a violent crime with a gun. She could face up to a $1 million fine and 54 years in prison, though it’s not clear whether the length of her sentence will depend on her cooperation with authorities when the accomplices go to trial next week. Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 12.

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