Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 1, 2012

Nelson sentenced for failure to update sex offender registry

PRINCETON — After hearing emotional appeals for leniency, a Mercer County judge handed down a sentence Monday to a local man who had previously fled to Colorado to avoid sex offender registry charges.

Freddie Nelson, 40, originally of Princeton was arrested in June after the U.S. Marshals Service found him living near Denver. On April 26, 2010, Nelson went to the West Virginia State Police for a sex offender registry update regarding employment, Cpl. J.C. Long of the state police said when Nelson was brought back to Mercer County.

Judge Omar Aboulhosn sentenced Nelson on two charges of failure to provide changes to the West Virginia sex offender registry. Each charge carried a penalty of one to five years in prison. The judge ruled that the sentences would run concurrently. Aboulhosn told Nelson, who could have faced two to 10 years in prison, that he was “getting a break.”

“There’s no question you are deeply loved by your family and have good support at home,” Aboulhosn said. “Had you not run, you most assuredly would have gotten probation.”

For more on today’s hearing, read Tuesday’s Daily Telegraph or visit www.bdtonline.com.

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