|Man convicted of attempted KFC robbery|
Guardian Senior Reporter
Published: Jul 20, 2012
A 25-year-old man was convicted in the Supreme Court of a botched robbery attempt by a majority verdict on Thursday.
The jury, by count of 8-1, found that Jeremy Kemp was the man who tried to rob the Oakes Field branch of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) on December 13, 2010.
Kemp, who has been in custody since the incident, returns to court on September 10 for sentencing.
Senior Justice Jon Isaacs ordered psychiatric and probation reports to assist the court in determining a suitable punishment at the request of defense attorney Murrio Ducille.
Ambrose Armbrister, the prosecutor, said that a psychiatric report prepared in February showed that Kemp’s psychotic disorder had stabilized.
According to prosecution witnesses, a man walked into the restaurant and jumped over the counter. The man fled the restaurant after failed attempts to open the cash registers.
The KFC workers did not identify Kemp as the robber during trial, a point Ducille focused on during his address to the jury.
Police arrested Kemp following a brief foot chase after the robbery. According to PC 3039 Jamal Johnson, Kemp tossed a handgun in bushes during the pursuit. The weapon was recovered.
In cross-examination, the officer denied that he lost sight of the suspect during the chase.