Businessman gets 4 weeks for attempted pandering

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Associated Press

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 3:04 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — The former chief executive of an upscale Colorado-based grocery chain has been sentenced to a month in jail for his role in a child prostitution case in Phoenix.

Authorities say Sunflower Farmers Market CEO Michael Gilliland agreed to pay $100 for sex in 2011 during a sting in which an undercover officer posed as a 17-year-old prostitute.

Prosecutors say Gilliland went to a hotel to meet the undercover officer even though she told him during an earlier phone conversation that she was 17.

He resigned as chief executive of the chain after his arrest.

Gilliland pleaded guilty to misdemeanor attempted pandering. He was sentenced Tuesday and had faced up to 18 months in prison.

He says he regrets his mistake and the damage he has done.

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