Defendant’s Bond Reduced in Teen Shooting Case

Bond was reduced Thursday afternoon for one of five defendants accused of participating in the shooting of a Salina teen back in the spring of 2015.

At a Thursday afternoon hearing Judge Rene Young reduced the bond for 20-year-old Daniel Sims from $1 million to $250,000. Sims’ attorney Jack Sheahon had requested that the bond be reduced to $27,500.

Sheahon argued that the charges that Sims will end up facing are not the orignal murder charges, but rather two felonies, one a level 5 and one a level 9. Sims testified against a couple of the other defendants, in exchange for a reduction of the charges against him. He is scheduled in August to plead to charges that include involuntary manslaughter and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery. Sheahon argued that a $27,500 bond was appropriate for those charges.

The Saline County Attorney’s Office opposed any bond reduction. They argued that Sims still is officially charged with first degree murder, and even when he does plead to the lesser charges he is agreeing to serve time in prison.

If Sims is able to make bond, he will be under court services supervision, and will live in Abilene with his father.

Sims is one of 5 defendants accused of participating in the shooting.

Two of the defendants have already been convicted of 1st degree murder. Maceo Palacio and Stephen Gentry were found guilty by a jury of all charges he was facing. Andrew Woodring pleaded guilty to a felony 1st degree murder charge, but since has indicated that he wants to change that plea.

Palacio and Gentry are scheduled to be sentenced on Friday.

The case stems from the shooting death of 17-year-old Allie Saum.

Saum was shot and killed on May 6th, 2015. Shots were fired at a truck as it drove eastbound in the 500 block of Russell.

The truck was mis-identified as being connected to an earlier altercation. Saum was a passenger in the truck, and was hit by one of five shots that were fired.