By Elle O.
Following a trial that lasted over a month, a Monmouth County jury returned a guilty conviction for Anthony Sims, 28, of Long Branch.
He was proven guilty of First-Degree Attempted Murder, Second-Degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Second-Degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. He apparently shot 15 bullets at his rival.
Sims has a prior conviction of Attempted Manslaughter for which he served time in prison and was released on parole on January 13, 2014. Shortly after on April 14, 2014 he was arrested for the shooting of Perry Veney, 31, of Red Bank.
According to the files from the case, on April 9, 2014, Sims drove to Red Bank to find Veney in his car parked outside his grandmother’s residence. He shot fifteen times at Venery who had to be airlifted to a hospital where he underwent the treatment that saved his life.
Given Anthony Sims’ prior conviction, he now faces at least 20 years in prison. The harshest sentence he could receive is life. According to the No Early Release Act, Sims would have to serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole. His sentencing is scheduled for August 18, before Superior Court Judge Thomas F. Scully.
In relation to this case, Perry Veney is now charged with and under investigation for the killing of Sims’ brother.
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