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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Georgia Woman Indicted for Bluffton Jewelry Store Robbery

Contact Person: Beth Drake (803) 929-3000

Charleston, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Abigail Lee Kemp, age 24, of Smyrna, Georgia, was charged in a 2-count indictment.  Abigail Lee Kemp was charged with robbing the Jared Vault jewelry store in Bluffton, SC, a violation of Title 18, U. S. C. §1951 as well as possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, a violation of Title 18, U. S. C. §924(c).  The maximum penalty Kemp could receive is 45 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $500,000. 

Kemp is currently in federal custody in Florida after being indicted in the Northern District of Florida for conspiring to rob numerous jewelry stores and possession of a firearm during those robberies. The case was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Beaufort County Sheriff's Office and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Nick Bianchi of the Charleston office for prosecution.

Mr. Nettles stated that the charges in this Indictment are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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Updated February 9, 2016