A federal judge has sentenced a Joplin woman to 19 years in prison after what prosecutors called a four-state state crime spree that ended when her boyfriend was killed in a shoot-out with police.
U.S. District Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala sentenced 32-year-old Brittany Nicole Harper on Tuesday (5/15). Harper pleaded guilty to carjacking, transporting a stolen vehicle across state lines, conspiracy and brandishing a gun.
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 said she and her partner stole cars, burglarized a home and kidnapped two people during carjackings.
The crimes ended Feb. 5, 2016, when Harper’s boyfriend, Blake Fitzgerald, was killed during a shootout with police in Milton, Florida.
In October 2017, Harper was sentenced in Florida to 20 years after pleading no contest to robbery, home invasion and other charges. She was then transferred to face charges in other states.