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Man pleads guilty in Kennesaw diamond heist

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A 30-year-old Cuban citizen has pleaded guilty to his part in a $1.6 million diamond heist in Cobb County.

Osniel Labrada-Guillen admitted to burglarizing Diamonds R Forever on Wade Green Road in January 2010. Prosecutors said Labrada-Guillen broke through the store's roof, disabled its alarm system, drilled holes in two safes, and made off with jewelry. They do not believe he acted alone.

"This was not, or could not have been, a one-man job," Cobb County Chief ADA Don Geary said in court. No other suspects have been identified or arrested.

Labrada-Guillen was indicted in January on two counts of violating Georgia's RICO Act. He pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of burglary and was sentenced to 20 years, with seven to serve in prison. He must also pay $1.6 million in restitution.

The case went unsolved for a number of years. Prosecutors said DNA was collected from a plastic spoon found near the crime scene. Matching DNA was recovered in 2012 at the scene of a similar crime at a Greenwood, Ind., jewelry store. Labrada-Guillen was not identified as a suspect until September 2014, when his DNA was added to the national database after a felony arrest in Florida, where he lived at the time.

In addition to the Kennesaw incident, Labrada-Guillen is a suspect in four other burglaries in Florida, Indiana and Texas. His attorney said federal and Indiana prosecutors may pursue charges against him.