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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.

Seven people were hurt after three cars collided early Sunday morning. (KKTV photo)
Haywood Eugene Miller, left, and Richard Allon Spanks. Photos courtesy Colorado Springs Police Department.
Donat Herr was killed on Feb. 15, 2017, at Empire Liquor, 3381 N. Academy Blvd.
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)
Colorado Springs police continued the investigation Tuesday morning after a man was shot to death Monday night at a business east of downtown Colorado Springs. (Liz Forster, The Gazette)
James McGhee pleaded guilty Friday to raping a young boy in a deal that takes prison time off the table. (Courtesy Colorado Springs Police Department)
Kaivion Eleby, 7, died late Friday afternoon after falling while hiking with family members near Gold Camp Road. Photo courtesy of Kaivion's family.
Prosecuting attorney Mark Hurbert speaks to the press outside the Terry R. Harris Judicial Complex Monday, Feb. 4, 2018, after a partial mistrial was declared Monday on two felony extortion counts against the ex-El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa. The jury acquitted him of two misdemeanor counts.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Prosecuting attorney Mark Hurbert speaks to the press outside the Terry R. Harris Judicial Complex Monday, Feb. 4, 2018, after a partial mistrial was declared Monday on two felony extortion counts against the ex-El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa. The jury acquitted him of two misdemeanor counts. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)