MORGANTOWN — William Nicholson was sentenced to five to 15 years in prison for sexual-based crimes, after having his first sentence tossed on a legal technicality.

He did plead guilty to additional charges after having his first plea tossed.

On Jan. 2, Monongalia County Circuit Court Judge Russell Clawges sentenced Nicholson to three, separate five-to-15 year periods for charges of incest. Those sentences will run back-to-back.

Nicholson also received a sentence of 10 to 20 years for sexual abuse by a custodian of a child, but that sentence will run at the same time as the incest charges.

In 2009, Nicholson was sentenced to back-to-back five-to-15-year prison terms for two incest charges. He pleaded guilty to those charges related to abuse of a juvenile relative.

However, in 2011, he appealed his case, raising several issues. One was that he was never told about the terms of supervised release. Nicholson said that had he known of the terms, he would not have agreed to that plea agreement.

In December 2016, Clawges issued a ruling in that case. Clawges noted that he believed Nicholson was disgruntled because of the back-to-back sentences. But Clawges also said that the court did not inform Nicholson of supervised release, and he therefore did not know the maximum penalty for his plea.

The ruling essentially restarted the case until Nicholson pleaded to the four charges.