KSU gunman pleads guilty, mentally ill

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A former Kentucky State University student who pulled a handgun in a crowded student center has pleaded guilty but mentally ill to several charges and a judge released him his mother's custody in Mississippi.

Sentencing for 25-year-old Christopher Sims is set for Aug. 12. Sims entered the plea Friday before Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate to unlawful possession of a weapon on school property.

Sims was arrested March 2, 2010 after police say he threatened to kill everyone in Kentucky State's student center cafeteria.

Dennis Shepherd, Sims' court-appointed attorney, told The State-Journal the guilty but mentally ill plea came after the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center evaluated Sims three times.

Commonwealth's Attorney Larry Cleveland recommended three years in prison but won't oppose probation if Sims doesn't need additional in-patient treatment.

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