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Figure in Loomis Heist Gets Prison

October 27, 1999

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ A woman who helped plan the $17 million robbery of armored car company Loomis, Fargo & Co. was sentenced Tuesday to nearly six years in prison and ordered to pay back more than $4 million.

Kelly Campbell, 29, a former company employee, entered guilty pleas earlier to bank larceny, money laundering and conspiracy to commit murder charges.

Besides her prison sentence, Campbell must undergo mental health and drug treatment and spend two years in a supervised release program. Her sentence was delayed until Jan. 1 so she could spend the holidays with her family.

Campbell helped plot the robbery of Loomis’ Charlotte vault on Oct. 4, 1997, with David Ghantt, a Loomis supervisor who stole the money, and Steve Chambers, a longtime Campbell friend.

She later hired someone to kill Ghantt, though the murder never took place.

Ghantt was caught on videotape loading large amounts of cash into a truck. He became the target of a nationwide FBI manhunt and was arrested five months later near the Mexican resort of Cozumel.

The robbers went on a huge spending spree, buying a massive home, artworks, big-screen TVs, expensive cars, pickup trucks, minivans, two boats, six motorcycles and several tanning beds.

Ghantt was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison. Chambers got 11 years.

Twenty-one people were charged and convicted in the robbery, one of the biggest heists in U.S. history.

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