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Posted: Monday, June 3, 2013 10:04 pm

CULPEPER — Bethany Parr Sullivan, a former secretary in the town of Culpeper police department, will spend no time in jail for forging a police department entrance exam five years ago.

Culpeper County Circuit Judge Susan Whitlock on Monday sentenced Sullivan, 56, of Orange to five-years in prison with all five suspended for felony forgery of a public document.

Sullivan did not receive any active probation because Whitlock said she didn't see a need for it.

Sullivan faced up to 10 years in prison for the forgery, which was discovered by happenstance last year during a special grand jury investigation of Daniel Harmon-Wright, her son.

Harmon-Wright, a former town police officer, was found guilty earlier this year of manslaughter in the February 2012 shooting death of Patricia Ann Cook.

Russell Rabb, an assistant commonwealth’s attorney in Fauquier County who served as special prosecutor, said Sullivan reportedly gave incorrect exam instructions to the applicant and then filled in a few of his answers after the exam was submitted to her.

Town officials said that the applicant whose exam Sullivan altered was not hired.

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