ATLANTA - An Atlanta woman has been sentenced for organizing a spree of armed robberies in Georgia that spanned five counties and targeted multiple Walmart stores.
U.S. Attorney Byung J "BJay" Pak said that 46-year-old Kesia Quinette Jackson led a group that "terrorized business employees, shoppers, and citizens during a crime spree."
"Jackson and her crew calculated their robberies and helped drive violence and fear in multiple counties," Pak said.
Officials said that between Feb. 3, 2014, and Oct. 26, 2015, Jackson organized 11 armed robberies around the metro-Atlanta area, including seven Walmart stores, and other gas stations and convenience stores.
Each robbery also involved her co-defendants entering the stores wearing surgical masks and branding a firearm, officials said. During one of the robberies, police said that one of the suspects shot an employee as well.
David J. LeValley, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Atlanta branch, called the robberies a "reign of terror."
Jackson pled guilty in November of 2016 to the crimes. She has been sentenced to 21 years and three months in prison and five years of supervised release. She also will have to pay $62,315.95 in restitution.
Her co-defendants, Deanthony Foster and Eric Lamar Ross, have already been sentenced for the crimes. Foster, the gunman in the group, will serve 32 years in prison. Ross, the lookout for two of the robberies, will serve five years in prison.