CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Fifteen months in prison, that’s how long the former sheriff of Arapahoe County will spend in prison. Pat Sullivan pleaded guilty last month for leaving the state, a violation of his probation.
On Thursday, his defense attorney started his statement saying, “this is a sad day.”
The 71-year-old walked into court with a cane, and walked out in handcuffs. Sullivan’s critics say he had plenty of chances. “The defense’s argument for not taking the law serious was, well, I’m an old man, I don`t, my brother died and they`re not treating me fairly,” Jonathon Elinoff said. Elinoff is a private investigator and has been working on this case.
Sullivan was initially sentenced to 38 days in jail and probation after being busted in a meth-for-sex sting involving male prostitutes. “When a person in a position who has as much authority and power wears a gun and a badge, and corners young people, than that should be treated differently,” said Debbie Carroll. She’s been watching the case closely.
During his probation, Sullivan missed 36 drug tests and tested positive for meth and alcohol ten times. Elinoff said, “Because he campaigned so heavily against this stuff that he was involved in, he should be treated, in my opinion a little bit differently.”
Sullivan read a statement in court, asking for the public’s forgiveness and admitting that he has a drug problem. He also said the in-patient program that he’s undergoing is helping.
But Sullivan’s probation officer told the court that Sullivan is manipulative and dishonest, that he blamed his failed tests on everything from the weather to financial and medical problems.
Not everyone in court felt justice was served. Many said he should be held to a higher standard with stiffer penalties. “I think he should be, he’s a law officer said Thomas Alfieri.
The maximum penalty for leaving the state and violating his probation, which is a Class 6 Felony, was 18 months in prison.