Talks in Efren Carrillo peeking case continue without settlement

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    PC: Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo listens to his defense attorney Chris Andrian address the court during his hearing in Sonoma County Superior Court in Santa Rosa on Friday, October 11, 2013. (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

Prosecutors and a lawyer for Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo met in private talks again Wednesday but were unable to reach agreement on terms of a settlement in his peeking case.

The continued impasse over Carrillo's misdemeanor charge comes as his scheduled April 18 trial looms less than a month away.

But despite courtroom discussions about evidence and witness lists, the second-term supervisor is not expected to take his case before a jury.

His lawyer, Chris Andrian, said plea negotiations would go on as the date approaches.

"I'm certainly not going to say that it won't be resolved, but I am preparing for trial," Andrian said outside court.

Andrian wouldn't disclose details of the talks so far, saying only that both sides were "working on appropriate consequences" if he does settle.

Prosecutor Cody Hunt also wouldn't reveal any sticking point in the bargaining. Peeking, which is defined as looking into an inhabited dwelling, carries a maximum six-month jail sentence.

The legal machinations came about seven months after Carrillo's pre-dawn arrest July 13 outside a Santa Rosa woman's home.

Police responded to a pair of 911 calls from the woman and discovered Carrillo nearby dressed in only his underwear and socks and carrying a cellphone. Officers believed he was attempting a sexual assault, pointing to a torn window screen.

But Carrillo, who blamed drinking for his behavior, was charged instead with peeking. Prosecutors said there was no evidence of more serious offenses that could lead to his removal from office.

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