DENVER -- Former Arapahoe County Sheriff Patrick Sullivan has been released from jail.
Sullivan pleaded guilty to felony possession of drugs and solicitation of a prostitute.
It was a high "fall from grace" -- as a sentencing judge put it -- for Sullivan, who served 18 years as Arapahoe County's top lawman until he retired in 2002.
Sullivan was named Sheriff of the Year in 2001 by the National Sheriffs' Association and also served on former President Bill Clinton's National Commission on Crime Prevention and Control in 1995.
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