CLERMONT COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - A Mount Airy man was sentenced to 32 years in prison on Monday in for his role in an armed robbery of the Eastgate Golden Corral restaurant last April.
Kenneth Chipemba, 37, apologized to victims in Clermont County Common Pleas Court. He pleaded guilty Oct. 8 to four counts of kidnapping, a first degree felony. He received eight years in prison on each count. He faced a maximum sentence of 44 years.
Kabinga Kwambana, 23, of Mount Airy, pleaded guilty to the same four counts on Oct. 16. Kwambana will be sentenced Nov. 12. He also faces a maximum sentence of 44 years.
Authorities say on April 13 while employees were closing the restaurant in the 4300 block of Gleneste-Withamsville Road, two masked men brandishing a sawed off shotgun, approached the workers. The men forced their way into the restaurant and tied up the workers.
A Union Township police officer stopped the suspects at gunpoint while they exited through the restaurant's rear. Police also obtained the suspects' firearm and the money they stole.
The restaurant's surveillance system recorded the incident.