SALINA, Kan. (KSAL) — A man who participated in events surrounding the shooting death of a Salina South High School student back in May of 2015 was sentenced Friday morning in Saline County District Court.
Judge Rene Young sentenced 20-year-old Daniel Sims to a total of 50 months in prison, or a little over 4 years in prison.
Sims previously pled to charges that include Involuntary Manslaughter and Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Battery. He also cooperated with police, and testified against other co-defendants in the case.
Sims was sentenced to:
- 44 months for Involuntary Manslaughter
- 6 months for Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Battery
The sentences will be served consecutively, meaning that he will serve 50 months. Sims, who has been in jail since early May of 2015, will be given credit for time served
Saline County Attorney Ellen Mitchell said that the sentence was a fair balance between Sims’s involvement, and what happened.
The case involved the death of 17-year-old Allie Saum.
Prior to the sentencing, Allie Saum’s aunt, Jennifer Stevens spoke. She said that nothing will bring Allie back, but she also spoke about forgiveness. She referenced bible scripture. Romans 12:21 – “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Judge Rene Young told Sims that she hopes while in prison he matures and reflects on the choices he made. She said that hopefully he will not make similar choices when he gets out, and instead becomes a productive member of society. The judge also encouraged Sims, who said that he left school after the 10th grade, to obtain his GED while in prison.
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