Motion calling for new trial, reconsideration of sentence denied in Heather Sims case

Motion calling for new trial, reconsideration of sentence denied in Heather Sims case

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - A motion calling for a new trial or reconsideration of the sentence for an Horry County woman found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the death of her husband was denied.

The attorney for Heather Sims filed the motion in December.

That motion was denied by Judge Cordell Maddox Jr., with the 10th Judicial Circuit, in an order signed on June 20.

According to Fifteenth Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson, Sims and her attorney will have 10 days from the date the order was signed to file an appeal of her trial if they have not already.

In November, Sims was sentenced to 10 years in jail and five years' probation after being convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the 2013 shooting death of her husband.

Sims maintained she shot her husband in self-defense.

The order denying the motion to reconsider stated the court, "has agonized over this decision as a result of the impact it would have on the defendant's child."

"However, this court heard all the evidence presented at trial and believes that the evidence justifies the verdict," the order stated.

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