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KSU student pleads not guilty in handgun case

A part-time Kentucky State University student accused of brandishing a handgun in the student center Tuesday pleaded not guilty to charges in Franklin District Court on Thursday.

The State-Journal reported that KSU President Mary Sias said Christopher Sims, 23, of Louisville, has been placed on emergency suspension. Sias said the typical penalty in a handgun possession cases is expulsion from the university.

The president's office referred questions regarding the incident to spokeswoman Felicia Lewis who told the Herald-Leader that the school's general counsel recommended that no information be released about disciplinary action.

Sims is being held at the Franklin County Regional Jail. He is charged with two felonies — unlawful possession of a weapon on school property and promoting contraband — and two misdemeanors, concealing a deadly weapon and first-degree disorderly conduct.