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Jury begins deliberations to resume Friday in trial of former Sheriff Terry Maketa

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UPDATE: The jury has been released for the day after five hours of deliberations in the corruption trial against former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa. Deliberations are set to resume at 8:30 a.m. Friday.


Jurors have started deliberations in the corruption trial against former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa. This is his second trial on charges of conspiracy to commit extortion,  extortion, and two counts of official misconduct. 

The maximum punishment if convicted of extortion is six years in prison. 

Maketa is accused of extortion for allegedly threatening to terminate a multi-million dollar jail health care contract if the company did not fire an employee who supported a candidate for sheriff that Maketa had not endorsed.

Prosecutors also allege he committed official misconduct by trying to get two sheriff's department employees marked on the Brady list, documents that identify officers who may have credibility problems, based on their support for Sheriff's candidates.

Maketa's first trial in July 2017 ended in a deadlock as jurors acquitted him on three charges but was unable to reach a verdict on the remaining charges.

News 5 will carry live coverage of the verdict when it comes in online and on social media.

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