Former Sunflower Farmers Market CEO Michael Gilliland gets 4 weeks for attempted pandering

PHOENIX - The former chief executive of a Colorado-based grocery chain accused in a child prostitution case in Phoenix was sentenced to four weeks in jail for his guilty plea to misdemeanor attempted pandering.

Authorities say then-Sunflower Farmers Market CEO Michael Gilliland agreed to pay $100 for sex in February 2011 in 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.

Gilliland was sentenced Tuesday.

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

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

He faced a sentence ranging from probation only up to 18 months in jail.

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