Prison, Probation For Convenience Store Robbery
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – A man involved in a convenience store robbery in which the clerk was shot has received an eight year sentence to be served in prison then on probation.
Malik Abdullah, of Cincinnati, was the getaway driver in the June 18, 2012 holdup at the Fast Track BP in Lawrenceburg.
Another suspect, Gerald Kemper, allegedly entered the store on Arch Street early that morning and quickly shot the clerk in the leg. Investigators said Kemper demanded money, but ran from the store as customers arrived. Kemper got into a car driven by Abdullah, which sped away before police could respond.
Abdullah, 37, has been held in jail since his July 16, 2012 arrest. This December 3, he agreed to a plea deal with Dearborn County prosecutors in which he pleaded guilty to a Class C felony charge of Conspiracy to Commit Robbery. Remaining charges were dismissed.
Dearborn Circuit Court James D. Humphrey sentenced Abdullah to eight years, three of which will be served behind bars and the remaining five on probation.
As part of the agreement, Abdullah has also been ordered to testify in future court proceedings concerning his co-defendant Kemper. He must also have no contact with the robbery and shooting victim, to whom he must pay $9,564 in restitution.
Abdullah was given credit for 505 actual days already served in jail, doubled to 1,010 days for good time credit. The Indiana Department of Corrections says he could be released as early as January 14, 2014.
“I hope that Mr. Kemper will pay for his actions that night and will be brought to justice,” said Abdullah’s defense attorney Del Weldon.
A Dearborn County arrest warrant is still outstanding for Gerald Kemper, 38. Weldon said Kemper has been arrested in Ohio on unrelated charges.