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Onetime 'sheriff of the year' sentenced to prison in Colorado

Onetime 'sheriff of the year' sentenced to prison in Colorado
Former Arapahoe County Sheriff Patrick Sullivan, right, is handcuffed after being sentenced to prison for probation violation. (Brennan Linsley / Associated Press)

A former Colorado sheriff once renowned for his storied career was sentenced to more than a year in prison Thursday for violating probation stemming from a 2011 sex-for-drugs case.

Former Sheriff Patrick Sullivan, a onetime national "sheriff of the year," was sentenced to 15 months behind bars for multiple failed drug tests, which he was required to take after pleading guilty to possession of methamphetamine and solicitation of a prostitute, said a spokeswoman for the Arapahoe County district attorney's office.

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Sullivan was hailed a hero in 1989 when he rescued two deputies during a shootout by crashing his truck through a fence and protecting them until they were able to escape.

The Arapahoe County Jail was named after him, but his name was removed from the jail after his conviction.

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