Tabor City man sentenced to 30 years in Myrtle Beach hotel robberies

akelley@thesunnews.comJune 21, 2013 

A Tabor City, N.C., was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment Friday in connection with a pair of hotel robberies in Myrtle Beach, according to a press release from the 15th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Anthony Maurice Riggins, 34, was charged with armed robbery and attempted robbery on May 7, 2008. Riggins entered the Sea Palms Motel on 7th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach and demanded money while holding his hand around his belt area in a threatening manner. He fled with an unknown amount of cash.

The release said Riggins tried to take money from the Holiday Sand North Motel on the 400 block of North Ocean Boulevard but fled without any cash and was arrested near Fourth Avenue North and Kings Highway.

Riggins faced up to 50 years on both charges. He denied a deal in 2009 that would have sentenced him to 12 years imprisonment if he pleaded guilty.

Instead, a jury found him guilty and Circuit Court Judge John C. Hayes sentenced him to 30 years imprisonment. Riggins is not eligible for parole until he has served 85 percent of his sentence.

Contact AMANDA KELLEY at 626-0381, or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_akelley.

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