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Plea Bargain Discussions Under Way In Sullivan Case

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Pat Sullivan in court on Dec. 5, 2011. (credit: CBS)

Pat Sullivan in court on Dec. 5, 2011. (credit: CBS)

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Investigator Brian Maass

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4) – Prosecutors and lawyers for former Arapahoe County Sheriff Patrick J. Sullivan Jr. are discussing a potential plea bargain, according to a source with knowledge of the discussions.

Sullivan, 69, is due in court Monday in Arapahoe County for a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence for him to stand trial on charges of distribution of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, prostitution, and attempting to influence a public official. The charges stem from a law enforcement sting last November. Police say they caught Sullivan attempting to trade meth for sex with a male acquaintance.

The plea bargain negotiations were described as being in the discussion stages with numerous issues still being hammered out, like the precise charge Sullivan would plead guilty to and sentencing recommendations.

If the two sides can agree on a plea bargain , that would negate the need for an actual trial.

Mike Saccone, a spokesperson for the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, which is prosecuting the case, told CBS4 on Sunday, “The hearing is still docketed, it’s still going ahead. We don’t comment on the existence or much less the progress of any negotiations that might or might not be going on.”

Kevin McGreevy, one of Sullivan’s attorneys, said Sunday night, “We have no comment to provide on the Sullivan matter.”

Sullivan is free on $50,000 bond.

- Written by Brian Maass for CBSDenver.com

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