Topeka — The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday found no error in the sentence imposed on a man convicted in the 2010 attack of a woman on a southwest Lawrence bicycle path.
William E. Nichols was sentenced by District Judge Peggy Kittel to nearly 14 years in prison in connection with the stabbing of a 23-year-old woman on a bike path between the Youth Sports Complex and Clinton Lake.
Two 19-year-old Lawrence men helped the woman and chased away the attacker.
Nichols pleaded guilty to aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery and aggravated sexual battery. At the time of sentencing, Nichols said he “didn’t understand himself” at the time of the attack and was experiencing many financial and family hardships. Nichols said he didn’t have health insurance and that he tried to seek mental health treatment in Topeka and Lawrence before the incident but was unable to pay for it.