A Greenville man is appealing the convictions and life sentences he received on charges of armed robbery and kidnapping in connection with the hold-up of the Royse City Walmart in the summer of 2016.

The Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas was scheduled to receive submissions on briefs Tuesday in the case of Jimmy La Paul Anderson.

Anderson, 28, was sentenced to life in state prison by 439th Judicial District Judge David Rakow in December 2018 on one count each of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery after a Rockwall County jury found him guilty. As the sentences were set to run concurrently, Anderson will have to spend at least 30 years in prison before he can be considered for parole.

According to testimony presented during the trial Anderson and Saniqua Chantay Perkins, also of Greenville, abducted a 17-year-old female at gunpoint late on the night of July 31, 2016 on the parking lot of the Royse City Walmart. The victim was able to escape and Anderson and Perkins left the scene in the victim’s car, which was later found abandoned.

The Greenville Police Department later arrested Perkins, who was believed connected to multiple armed robberies in North Texas. An officer located a vehicle in the area of Stuart and Pace streets which matched the description of one used in a robbery in Rockwall. Near the vehicle, officers contacted Perkins, who was subsequently arrested on the Rockwall County warrant.

Perkins cooperated with police officers and admitted to participating in the offenses in Royse City as well as another aggravated robbery the night before at the EZ Mart located at the intersection of Ridge Road and Horizon in Rockwall. In that case, a male victim was pistol whipped and beaten unconscious by Anderson. Rockwall Police Department officers were able to locate a surveillance tape that showed the entire brutal episode.

A decision from the Fifth Circuit concerning Anderson’s appeal will be released at a later date.

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