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Last man sentenced in southeastern jewelry store heists

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — The final person associated with a multi-state jewelry store heist scheme is going to prison.

A judge in Panama City sentenced 36-year-old Lewis Jones III on Thursday to 32 years in federal prison for taking part in the robberies across Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas.

The News Herald (http://bit.ly/2pG8uBC ) reports Jones could have faced life in prison for his convictions, but District Judge Robert Hinkle said he thinks the sentence is “sufficient.”

Jones, along with brothers Larry and Michael Gilmore, were convicted on conspiracy charges connected to the robberies. All three men are from Atlanta. Abigail Kemp, who testified she was recruited to carry out robberies, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years. The Gilmores each received 32-year sentences.

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