The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

State and Nation

May 8, 2013

Bond reduced for man in Alabama school gun scare

COLUMBIANA, Ala. (AP) — Bond has been reduced for a man accused of holding a group of girls at gunpoint in a middle school locker room in February.

A Shelby County judge Wednesday reduced bond for 21-year-old Ryan Matthew Sims, of Chelsea, from $5 million to $515,000. Sims is accused of prompting a lockdown at Chelsea Middle School when a group of girls were held at gunpoint in a locker room for about 20 minutes.

Officials have said no one was alarmed when Sims walked into the school because he once worked there part time.

John Lentine and Wendell Sheffield, Sims' attorneys, say their client has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia since being incarcerated in mid-February.

1
Text Only
State and Nation
Poll

What is your favorite Easter candy?

Chocolate bunnies
Marshmallow chicks
Chocolate eggs with filling
     View Results
Facebook
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee