Author:

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.

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Michael Hupka of Boulder fly fishes at the Hayden Flats fishing area near Leadville on Friday, May 6, 2016. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette.
El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa speaks to the press Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at the Sheriff's Office in Colorado Springs, about the details of the Black Forest Fire action report on the eve of the anniversary of the fire.  Maketa wouldn't talk about the recent allegations of sexual improprieties in his office.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock) (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa speaks to the press Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at the Sheriff's Office in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Judge Barney Iuppa looked at documents showing Neva Nolan was scammed by fake investors in Guana Friday at her sentencing in El Paso County Court. photo by Carol Lawrence 1/25/08
Judge Barney Iuppa looked at documents showing Neva Nolan was scammed by fake investors in Guana Friday at her sentencing in El Paso County Court. photo by Carol Lawrence 1/25/08
Robert Dear Jr. talks directly to Judge Gilbert Martinez during a court appearance Dec. 9, 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 Nov. 27, 2015. Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post
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Aaron Anderson races in the men's pro race Saturday, June 16, 2012, during the Ute Valley Pro XCT in Ute Valley Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)