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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.

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.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - December 09: Robert Dear Jr. appears in court on December 09, 2015 where El Paso County prosecutors filed formal charges against him in the Planned Parenthood attack during which University of Colorado Colorado Springs police officer Garrett Swasey, Iraq war veteran Ke'Arre Stewart and Jennifer Markovsky, mother of two were killed on November 27, 2015. Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post
Khalil Sanders.