Patrick Sullivan was sentenced Thursday, two years after pleading guilty to plying young men with methamphetamine in exchange for sexual favors

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DENVER -- A former Colorado sheriff once regarded as a hero has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for repeatedly violating his probation in a meth-for-sex case.

Patrick Sullivan was sentenced Thursday, two years after pleading guilty to plying young men with methamphetamine in exchange for sexual favors.

The 71-year-old Sullivan was once named the nation's top sheriff and won praise for his leadership of the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Department in the Denver suburbs.

He was arrested in December 2011 after a 911 caller reported Sullivan was trying to get three recovering addicts back on drugs.

He later pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine and solicitation of a prostitute. Some hoped that probation would let him redeem his tarnished image, but he repeatedly tested positive for drugs and alcohol.

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