Jury convicts man of armed robbery

CNJ staff and wire reports

A 19-year-old Clovis man faces up to 35 years in prison for armed robbery after a Curry County jury convicted him Wednesday, according to the district attorney’s office.

Anthony Wallace was convicted of felony armed robbery, felony aggravated burglary, assault with intent to commit a violent felony, intimidation of a state’s witness and two counts of attempted armed robbery, a press release said.

Police said Wallace and co-defendant Larry McClendon, 20, on Jan. 7 robbed or attempted to rob four victims at gunpoint outside a second-hand store on Grand Avenue.

McClendon is still awaiting trial.

Wallace’s sentencing will be held in coming months.

Witnesses identified the men from police lineup photos. They were also seen with a firearm and burning clothes similar to the ones described from the robberies, the release said.

The next day, the body of Emmett Salisbury, 36, was found inside the store where the robberies occurred. Salisbury died from a gunshot wound.

No one has been charged in connection with Salisbury’s death. District Attorney Matt Chandler said the homicide investigation continues.