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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.

Jail Healthcare
FILE - A doctor conducts a health assessment on an inmate at the El Paso County Jail. (Gazette file photo)
Daniel J. Nations (El Paso County Sheriff's Office via AP)
Monica Abeyta, 30, pleaded guilty in October to two counts of child abuse - one a felony and one a misdemeanor. (Courtesy of CSPD)
Bill Elder, left, and Mike Angley.
Glen Galloway
Jami Vigil. (Courtesy of cobar.org)
During a promotion ceremony, El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder speaks to his staff at the headquarters on Thursday, January 1, 2015.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
In this photo, El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder speaks to his staff at the headquarters on Thursday, January 1, 2015, during a promotion ceremony. Elder is seeking a second term as El Paso County Sheriff. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
Crime scene photo by Ellie Mulder, The Gazette.
Daniel J. Nations. Photo courtesy El Paso County Sheriff's Office.