Remaining charges dismissed against former sheriff Maketa

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Former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa listens during closing arguments in his trail in Colorado Springs, Colo., Monday, July 10, 2017. Adam Knap

Former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa listens during closing arguments in his trail in Colorado Springs, Colo., Monday, July 10, 2017. 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 […]

Prosecutors have dismissed the remaining charges against former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa.

Maketa was tried earlier this month on charges of official misconduct and felony extortion. The jury found him not guilty of official misconduct. They couldn’t reach a consensus on the felony charges, so the judge declared a mistrial. 

This was the second time Maketa had been tried on these four charges. In July 2017, he was found not guilty of witness tampering, conspiracy to commit witness tampering, and official misconduct. The jury could not come to a unanimous decision on the extortion and official misconduct charges, leading to the January retrial. 

Prosecutors filed the motion Friday to dismiss both outstanding charges against Maketa.

>> Tap here to read the motion. (PDF)

UPDATE (February 27, 2018): A judge on Monday granted the motion to dismiss the charges against Maketa. The case is now officially closed. 

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