SIMS GETS SEVEN YEARS FOR SHOOTING TWO

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Anthony Sims, the Eatontown man who shot two  brothers in Red Bank in November, 2007 and then went on the lam for three months, was sentenced to seven years in prison last Friday, the Asbury Park Press reports.

Sims, now 21,  pleaded guilty in May to two counts of second-degree attempted passion provocation manslaughter and a related gun possession charge. At the time, he was facing a second trial after a Monmouth County jury deadlocked on attempted murder charges.

One of his victims, 24-year-old Brandon Graves, was left paralyzed wheelchair-bound as a result of the shooting, at the Montgomery Terrace public housing apartments on the borough’s West Side. His brother, Anthony Graves, lost a finger in the incident, which court testimony indicated followed a dispute about Sims’ mother, who lived in the complex.

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

Under the sentence imposed by Superior Court Richard W. English, sitting in Freehold, Sims was credited with two years spent in jail and will be eligible for parole in a little less than six years, according to the Press.