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

Comments (3)
  1. JT says:

    Shock me. Doesn’t even matter what the plea bargain amounts to, we all know it’s gonna be slap on the wrist time. It’s not hard to spread corruption when EVERYONE in the Justice system is in bed together! It’s ‘Justice for Just Us’, and the good ol’ boys club to the end. Way to slap the citizenry in the face yet again, Sullivan should get MORE time for his role in this, not plead out for less. Complete crock of BS.

  2. Linda says:

    I agree with JT. A law enforcement official should be held to a higher standard, if they break the law should be given a higher punishment and lose their pension. They take an oath to uphold the law remember.

  3. Rosemary Van Gorder says:

    I agree with JT and Linda!

    Even his bond amount is insulting.

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