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UPDATE: Bond lowered for Shelby County school hostage suspect

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21-year-old Ryan Sims faces charges of kidnapping and making terrorist threats. 21-year-old Ryan Sims faces charges of kidnapping and making terrorist threats.
CHELSEA, AL -

Bond was reduced during a bond hearing today for the man accused of holding five students hostage at gunpoint in the girls locker room at Chelsea Middle School in February.

Sims is set to appear before a Shelby County Circuit Court Judge this morning.

Sims' preliminary hearing was originally scheduled to be held in March. However, his attorney requested a continuance, and the judge granted the request.  

During the hearing, the judge lowered his bond to $515,000, with mandatory provisions of house arrest, his grandfather watching over him in the house, monitoring and other conditions.

A lawyer noted that Sims may suffer from paranoid schizophrenia.

Sims has remained in the Shelby County Jail under a $5 million bond since the incident. He faces charges of kidnapping and making terrorist threats.

According to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, on Feb. 12, Sims walked into Chelsea Middle School with a gun and held five female students hostage inside the girls locker room.

It took Shelby County Sheriff Deputies 20 minutes to disarm and arrest Sims.

Shelby County Sheriff Deputies said Sims worked at the school part-time last summer and was once a student at the school.

Since the incident at Chelsea Middle School, Shelby County School officials have looked into revising school security plans. No final decision has been made.

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