A Pine Bluff man who contended there was not enough evidence to revoke his suspended sentence failed to convince the Arkansas Court of Appeals of that.

Jimmie Lee Walls had entered a plea of no contest to one count of terroristic threatening in July 2020 and was sentenced to 24 months in prison with the sentence suspended. A condition of that suspension was that he obey all federal and state laws and not own or possess any type of firearm.

In November, prosecutors filed a motion to revoke that suspended sentence, alleging he had committed the offenses of first-degree domestic battery and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
At his revocation hearing, Detective Deshawn Bennett testified that he responded to a call at 4413 W. 5th Ave., and found Perry Burris, Walls’ brother, with gunshot wounds to his left arm and shoulder. Burris identified Walls as the person who shot him.’

When Burris testified, he said he did not recall telling Bennett that his brother shot him and contrary to his statement to Bennett, he denied ever seeing a gun.

When the court asked if he was trying to save his brother, Burris denied he was.

At the conclusion of the trial, Circuit Judge Alex Guynn ruled that Walls had violated conditions of his suspended sentence and sentenced Walls to six years in prison.

Writing for the Court of Appeals, Judge Cindy Grace Thyer said the state proved by a preponderance of the evidence that Walls caused physical injury to a family or household member by means of a firearm.