Gilmore Gets 32 Years in Jewelry Heists

Panama City, Fla. - One of the master minds in the high-profile string of jewelry store robberies, has now learned his punishment for his involvement in the $4 million robbery spree. Today at the Panama City Federal Courthouse, Michael Gilmore, 47, was sentenced for his part of a group that robbed eight jewelry stores across the Southeast during an eight month period during 2015. 

Federal Judge Robert Hinkle sentenced Michael Gilmore this afternoon to 32 years plus a day in Federal prison. Since he was one of the master minds backing the armed jewelry robberies, he was sentenced to a longer time than Kemp.

One of the stores they robbed was the Reeds Jewelry Store in Panama City Beach. After his arrest, one of his partners dubbed the Diamond Diva or the Bombshell Bandit, Abigail Kemp cooperated with the government providing evidence and testimony against him and two other co-defendants.  Kemp, the Diamond Diva, was sentence earlier in January to 10 years in prison. Also sentenced was Gilmore's brother, Larry Gilmore who was sentenced to 32 years.

The group is being held responsible for $1.5 million in restitution. At the sentencing today, Gilmore asked for a lesser sentence because of health issues he and his wife are facing. Gilmore's wife was just diagnosed with cancer.

Judge Hinkle denied the request and Gilmore's attorney plans to appeal.

There is still one other accomplice who is awaiting his fate. The sentencing for Lewis Jones III, 36, has been moved to April, where they will determine how long he will serve his punishment.


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