Man gets life sentence for fatally beating Publix employee

FAIRBURN, Ga. (AP) — Almost two years after a 58-year-old woman was beaten to death with a baseball bat, her accused killer has learned his fate.

A judge recently sentenced Jared Kemp to life in prison for the 2017 murder of Toni Abad, WXIA-TV reported . His girlfriend, De'Asia Page, was sentenced to 30 years for her role in the killing. Kemp and Page were both 18 at the time of Abad's death.

Abad was trying to do a good deed when she was killed four days before Christmas that year, authorities said.

Abad was leaving her job at a Publix grocery store when Page asked her for a ride to a street nearby. When the two arrived, Kemp came out of the woods, broke the driver side window with the bat, then hit Abad several times. She died from that beating.

The suspects then placed Abad in the trunk of her car and threw her phone into the woods.

Prosecutors said Kemp and Page drove the car to a Waffle House and left it there behind the restaurant.

Police officers responded to the Waffle House for an abandoned vehicle call and noticed the shattered window and keys in the driver seat. When the officer opened the trunk, he discovered Abad's body.

Prosecutors said Page admitted her involvement in the crime to a security guard at a service station near the crime scene. She was arrested on Christmas Eve 2017. Kemp was later arrested for his role and convicted of murder, felony murder, armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle in the first degree and aggravated assault.

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Information from: WXIA-TV, http://www.11alive.com/

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