CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4) – CBS4 has learned that former Arapahoe County Sheriff Pat Sullivan will be paroled from prison Wednesday, several weeks before his mandatory release date.

“He is getting parole,” confirmed Adrienne Jacobsen, a spokesperson for the Colorado Department of Corrections. “He will have the standard conditions of parole as defined by state statute.”

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Pat Sullivan leaving jail in December, 2011 (credit: CBS)

Pat Sullivan leaving jail in December, 2011 (credit: CBS)

Sullivan was sentenced to a 15-month stretch in state prison last June after repeatedly violating terms of probation in his criminal case, which involved swapping methamphetamine for sex with male prostitutes.

“It is my understanding Pat Sullivan is being released by the Department of Corrections,” Sullivan’s lawyer Kevin McGreevy told CBS4. “I’m optimistic he’s going to be successful on parole and hopefully that will be the end of this issue.”

Pat Sullivan (credit: Arapahoe County Sheriff)

Pat Sullivan (credit: Arapahoe County Sheriff)

Sullivan actually became eligible for parole in September 2014. Sullivan has been housed at the Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility, a medium security facility with more than 1,000 inmates.

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The former sheriff landed in prison after repeatedly missing drug tests while on probation and testing positive for meth or alcohol during his time on probation.

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Sullivan was arrested in 2011 for trading methamphetamine for sex. He was busted in an undercover police sting operation and was convicted in 2012.

Pat Sullivan (credit: CBS)

Pat Sullivan (credit: CBS)

Before his astounding fall from grace, Sullivan, 72, was the Arapahoe County sheriff for 19 years. He was a nationally regarded law enforcement figure and in 2001, the National Sheriff Association named Sullivan Sheriff of the Year.

Department of Corrections records show Sullivan has not had behavioral issues while in prison and has not been disciplined. It’s unclear where Sullivan will go after his Wednesday release.

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