CHARLESTON -- Prison time was required for a man's latest conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol.

The earlier convictions for DUI and other offenses were why William Price had no option for a sentence other than prison when he pleaded guilty to the latest charge.

Price, 45, for whom court records list an address in Jewett in Cumberland County, entered the plea to a charge alleging he drove while intoxicated in Charleston on April 3 of last year.

With the agreement reached in his case, he was sentenced to seven years in prison for the conviction that could have brought a six- to 30-year prison term.

A DUI can result in a misdemeanor charge with the first offense but subsequent offenses can be filed as felonies. Records indicate that Price's earlier DUI convictions were in Cumberland and Jasper counties.

A felony DUI conviction can normally result in a prison sentence of three to seven years or up to four years of probation.

However, additional convictions on Price's record made the six- to 30-year sentence mandatory.

Cumberland County records show that Price served earlier prison sentences for two sex offense convictions and for a drug possession conviction there.

Price's sentence also included a requirement that he undergo an evaluation to determine substance abuse treatment needed. He was also ordered to pay about $1,100 in fines and court fees.

The agreement called for dismissal of traffic citations he also received, including driving while license revoked and illegal transportation of alcohol.

Coles County Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien sentenced Price by accepting the terms of a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Tom Bucher and Public Defender Anthony Ortega recommended.


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