RED BANK: SIMS INDICTED IN APRIL SHOOTING

anthony sims 2007Anthony Sims in a photo released by police in 2007. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A former Red Bank man who did time for a double shooting in 2007 has been indicted for the April shooting of a man as he sat in a parked car.

A Monmouth County grand jury handed down the charged against Anthony Sims, 25, a Long Branch resident who pleaded guilty in 2010 to shooting two brothers on the borough’s West Side three years earlier.

In the more recent incident, the victim, NAME, was shot as he sat behind the wheel of a car parked on Willow Street.

The victim, Perry Veney, 28, was shot at least six times, authorities said at the time. Veney was medevaced to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune Township, where he received life-saving treatment, according to an announcement of the indictment by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office.

Police Chief Darren McConnell said at the time that Sims was believed to have walked up to the car in which Veney was seated and opened fire, with few if any words exchanged, McConnell said.

Sims was arrested without incident in Neptune five days later.

The indictment charges Sims with attempted murder and weapons offenses. He’s still being held on $1 million bail the prosecutor’s office said.

Sims was released from prison in January, five and a half years after he was sentenced to seven years for shooting two brothers in Red Bank in November, 2007.

After the shooting, Sims went on the run. He was captured by Highlands police in February, 2008.

Sims pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree attempted passion provocation manslaughter and a related gun possession charge.

Under the sentence imposed by Superior Court Richard W. English, Sims was credited with two years spent in jail prior to sentencing and was to be eligible for parole in a little less than six years, according to reports at the time of sentencing.