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Plea negotiations continue in Efren Carrillo's peeking case

Plea bargaining continued Friday in Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo's misdemeanor peeking case but a pretrial settlement remains at least a week away.

The two sides appeared in court and have exchanged offers to resolve the charge stemming from Carrillo's early morning arrest last summer outside a Santa Rosa woman's home.

The charge carries a maximum six-month jail sentence.

But so far, there is no agreement. Judge Andria Richey will hold a closed-door meeting next Friday with prosecutors and Carrillo's attorney to see if a deal can be made.

Neither side would disclose the nature of the talks so far.

"I made a proposal and he made a proposal also," prosecutor Cody Hunt said outside court Friday. "He needs to consult with his client."

Hunt said his suggestion includes potential jail time. Under the law, a conviction on a misdemeanor in the state's peeping statute could include probation and counseling.

Carrillo's lawyer, Chris Andrian, said only that he has made a counter offer which Hunt must now take to supervisors in the state Attorney General's Office. He wouldn't say what it is.

Meanwhile, Carrillo's trial remains set for March 7.

Carrillo was arrested July 13 after a woman living near Stony Point and West Third Street called police about 3:40 a.m. to report someone outside her bedroom window. She said she was awakened by the sound of moving window blinds.


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