Ala. man gets mental treatment in school gun scare

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Updated: 7/07 6:56 pm

COLUMBIANA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man accused of holding five girls at gunpoint in a school locker room last year has been committed to a state mental institution by a judge. reports ( ) a court order issued Monday places 22-year-old Ryan Matthew Sims in the custody of the Alabama Department of Mental Health until a judge approves his release. Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed to the deal after an assessment found Sims suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.

Sims had been charged with kidnapping after the February 2013 incident at Chelsea Middle School in Shelby County. The girls were held in a locker room for about 20 minutes, and the school was placed on lockdown. But nobody was harmed.

The court order Monday finds Sims not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.


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