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Efren Carrillo expected to seek settlement in peeking case

  • Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo speaks with his parents Nov. 1 following his arraignment on a peeking charge. (CHRISTOPHER CHUNG / The Press Democrat)

A lawyer for Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo is expected to seek a private meeting Friday with prosecutors and a judge to try to settle criminal charges stemming from Carrillo's early morning arrest last summer outside a San Rosa woman's home.

Attorney Chris Andrian has been in talks with prosecutors from the state Attorney General's Office in which both sides discussed whether the misdemeanor “peeking” charge Carrillo is facing is appropriate.

Carrillo was arrested in July in his socks and underwear after a woman called police to report someone outside her bedroom window and front door. Officers said at the time they believed Carrillo was attempting a sexual assault, although no such charges were ever filed.

Presumably, prosecutors have been urging Carrillo to admit the misdemeanor and face punishment that could be up to six months in jail. Carrillo's lawyer has countered that the charge may not be provable at trial, now set for March 7. Such maneuvering by both sides is typical as part of the process of negotiating a reduced punishment and avoiding a trial.

The legal posturing may resume Friday inside the chambers of Judge Andria Richey, who could be asked to give an opinion about the allegation or indicate what sentence she would hand down.

Andrian said there was a “50-50 chance” of a resolution.

“We're hearing each other out,” Andrian said. “Basically, we're looking to see if there's common ground.”

Prosecutor Cody Hunt confirmed he talked to Andrian but wouldn't discuss details. He said nothing was settled.

“At this point, I haven't agreed to anything,” Hunt said Thursday. “They haven't approached me with any type of offer.”

Carrillo, 32, once seen as a rising star in Democratic politics, has declined repeated requests to be interviewed about his case.

The second-term supervisor was arrested July 13 after a woman living near Stony Point and West Third Street called 911 at 3:40 a.m. to report someone outside her window. She told dispatchers she was awakened by the sound of moving window blinds.

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