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Jury deliberations to continue Monday in re-trial of former Sheriff Maketa

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Jury deliberations resume at 8:30 a.m. this morning in the re-trial of former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa. 

The jury was dismissed on Friday, after one juror called out due to having a sick child. The judge wanted to avoid having to bring in a new juror and restart jury deliberations.

Jurors will continue 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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