Brunswick Police Department Sgt. Michael Scott Sapp — assigned to the FBI Violent Gang Task Force — said Kurlie Kemp was a low-level crack dealer for the Rolling 20s Bloods street gang in Brunswick, but Kemp was also an enforcer for Calvin Lewis, the accused leader of the set.
For this and for the aggravating circumstance of possessing a firearm in relation to these activities, Kemp — also known as Burlie — received a sentence of 12 years and six months in federal prison, consecutive to serving a Glynn County Superior Court sentence on parole violation, for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, a charge to which he pleaded guilty on Nov. 7, 2016 in U.S. District Court in Brunswick.
Sapp testified to, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Gilluly played in court, a phone conversation intercepted by the FBI in which Lewis allegedly orders the killing of a man Sapp said was a confidential informant on the case. Sapp also said Kemp was close with Jamar Bradley, the son of Lewis’ wife Melvina.
Before his own plea, Bradley — also known as Vick and Yungg Fye Bandzo — originally faced six counts of possession of crack with intent to distribute and one count each of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances; conspiracy to use, carry or possess firearms; use, carry and brandish a firearm during a drug-trafficking crime; attempted interference with commerce by robbery and use, carry and brandish of a firearm during a crime of violence.
In September 2016, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, including 500 grams or more of cocaine and 280 grams or more of crack. Wednesday, he received a sentence of 17 years and 11 months in federal prison, five years supervised release and the $100 mandatory special assessment.
On Dec. 23, 2015, task force agents intercepted a call between Kemp and Bradley in which they discussed conducting a home invasion and armed robbery on a known marijuana dealer because the two men believed their target had about two pounds of weed and several hundred dollars cash at his residence, but no gun for protection.
Sapp said for both the alleged hit and the alleged home invasion, authorities moved quickly to put uniformed officers and marked patrol cars by these residences to dissuade Kemp, Bradley and their associates from acting on their plans.
Also, Kemp and Bradley were driving to the marijuana dealer’s residence when spotted by police. Kemp, who was behind the wheel of the vehicle, attempted to flee and when the vehicle later crashed, both men ran from it, leaving behind ski masks, Xanax pills that were not prescribed to either man, and a handgun clip loaded with .45-caliber bullets.
In addition to his prison time, Kemp was also sentenced to three years supervised release. When Godbey Wood announced that, Kemp said, “I’m not good at probation, your honor.”
It was revealed in court Kemp violated probation on state charges numerous times. However, Godbey Wood replied, “Well, you’re going to have to be.”
Kemp was also ordered to pay the $100 mandatory special assessment. He is to be placed in the federal facility in Estill, S.C., or as close to Georgia as possible. Chief U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood said Kemp should not be housed at the federal prison in Jesup because of the former associates already or scheduled to serve time there.