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Businessman gets 4 weeks for attempted pandering

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 8, 2013 at 4:24 pm •  Published: January 8, 2013

Maricopa County Superior Court Commissioner Steven Lynch, who sentenced Gilliland, said the businessman had no previous criminal history and had donated money in the past to worthy causes.

"It's clear that you have taken responsibility. It's clear that you have shown remorse," Lynch said.

Jean-Jacques Cabou, a lawyer for Gilliland, said the arrest cost his client his job, tarnished his reputation and overshadowed his philanthropic work. "This was a terrible choice," Cabou said.

Gilliland, who lives in the upscale Phoenix suburb of Paradise Valley, is now launching a Midwest-based chain of food markets.

He had founded Sunflower Farmers Market and Wild Oats Markets Inc. Wild Oats was acquired by Whole Foods Market Inc. in 2007.