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Lance Benzel

Legal Affairs reporter

Lance Benzel covers legal affairs for The Gazette, with a focus on the criminal courts, and also writes a monthly mountain biking column entitled "Rider in Residence." He joined the newspaper's staff in 2008 after previous stops in Billings, Mont., central North Carolina and Chicago.

Former Sheriff Indicted
Former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa. (AP file)
Former Sheriff Indicted
Former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa listens during closing arguments in his trail in Colorado Springs, Colo., Monday, July 10, 2017. Jurors began deliberating Monday. The former lawman is accused of trying to undermine the credibility of three deputies and threatening to terminate a $5.3 million contract with the jail's health provider if it did not fire an employee who refused to support then-Undersheriff Paula Presley's candidacy to succeed him. (Adam Knapik/KOAA-TV via AP, Pool)
Former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, left, enters the fifth floor of the South Tower of the Terry R. Harris Judicial Complex on Tuesday January 23, 2018 in Colorado Springs. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)
Former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, left, enters the fifth floor of the South Tower of the Terry R. Harris Judicial Complex on Tuesday January 23, 2018 in Colorado Springs. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)
Former Sheriff Indicted
Former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, center, exits the courthouse after closing arguments in his trail Monday, July 10, 2017, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Jurors began deliberating Monday. The former lawman is accused of trying to undermine the credibility of three deputies and threatening to terminate a $5.3 million contract with the jail's health provider if it did not fire an employee who refused to support then-Undersheriff Paula Presley's candidacy to succeed him. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP)
Former Sheriff Indicted
FILE - Former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, center, exits the courthouse after closing arguments in his trail Monday, July 10, 2017, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP)
MAKETA TRIAL
Former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa waits in the Terry R. Harris Judicial Complex on the first day of jury selection for his trial June 27, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).
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MAKETA TRIAL
Former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, left, enters the fifth floor of the South Tower of the Terry R. Harris Judicial Complex on Tuesday January 23, 2018 in Colorado Springs. He is being tried again on corruption allegations that left a previous panel deadlocked. Jury selection is to begin at 9 a.m. today, with 90 prospective jurors on tap for consideration in a process that could take days. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)
MAKETA TRIAL
Former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, left, enters the fifth floor of the South Tower of the Terry R. Harris Judicial Complex on Tuesday January 23, 2018 in Colorado Springs. He is being tried again on corruption allegations that left a previous panel deadlocked. Jury selection is to begin at 9 a.m. today, with 90 prospective jurors on tap for consideration in a process that could take days. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)