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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.

A five-year push to win clemency for Andrew Medina, who was 17 when he was sentenced to life without parole in the 1999 killing of teenage ice cream store worker in Old Colorado City, has been jolted by a ruling that could threaten reforms for "juvenile lifers." Gazette file photo.
Elijah Tyre Colon, aka, Elijah Phillips (Photo courtesy of CSPD)
Brandi Leonard (Photo via CSPD)
Concepcion Rascon Jr. (Photo courtesy of El Paso County Sheriff's Office)
Michael Finley, a Falcon High School senior, killed April 14, 2017, when a suspected drunken driver turned in front of him. (Facebook)
Services have been scheduled for Derek Greer, left, and Natalie Partida.