Tuesday, February 27, 2018

UPDATE: Remaining charges against Maketa dropped

Posted By on Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 5:12 PM

Charges against former Sheriff Terry Maketa have been dismissed. Maketa says he received a copy of the signed judge's order on Feb. 26.

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Prosecutors have asked that the remaining charges against Terry Maketa be dropped, FOX21NEWS reports.

The decision by prosecutors to dismiss the remaining charges, following two trials in which jurors found Maketa not guilty of certain charges and hung on others, means that the former El Paso County sheriff will walk free.

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click to enlarge Former Sheriff Terry Maketa and his wife, Vicki, arriving for his trial in late January. - SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
  • Former Sheriff Terry Maketa and his wife, Vicki, arriving for his trial in late January.

In about three weeks, we'll find out if the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office wants to try former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa a third time. A status conference is set for Feb. 27.

The first two times Maketa was tried, the trial ended in hung juries and acquittals, most recently on Feb. 5 when the jury couldn't agree on charges of extortion and conspiracy to commit extortion and acquitted him on charges of official misconduct.

When we reported that in this week's Indy, we hadn't heard back from Maketa about the verdict, so we couldn't include his comment in that report.

But we've since gotten a text message from the three-term former sheriff, who says:
We are happy with the outcome. It has been a long process. We felt very good with the official misconduct allegations [verdicts] and knew the evidence was on our side. It appears for a second time the burden for conviction was not met on the other 2 charges. As with last time, we will have to see what the next step is.
For a take on how the recent mistrial might figure into the 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler's political future, check out this story. An assistant, Mark Hurlbert, prosecuted the case.

The indictment against Maketa, issued in May 2016 — 17 months after he left office, also included two other officers who served during his administration.

Former Undersheriff Paula Presley's trial is slated for late July, while former sheriff's Commander John San Agustin had charges dismissed last year.

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