Brittany Nicole Harper of Joplin is sentenced by a federal judge to 19 years in prison. She was part of a four-state crime spree that ended when her boyfriend was killed in a shoot-out with police.
Authorities say Harper was involved in a 10-day crime spree that began in Missouri and went through Alabama and Georgia before ending in Florida. Prosecutors say she and her boyfriend, Blake Fitzgerald, stole cars, burglarized a home and kidnapped two people during carjackings.
The crimes ended on February 5th, 2016 when Fitzgerald was killed during a shootout with police in Milton, Florida.
U.S. District Judge Madeline Hughes sentenced 32-year-old Harper on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018. Harper pleaded guilty to carjacking, transporting a stolen vehicle across state lines, conspiracy and brandishing a gun.