• Plea deal spares ex-Widefield school counselor, administrator prison in boy's rape

    By Lance Benzel lance.benzel@2gazette.com -
    Updated: 4 hr ago

    A former Widefield School District 3 psychologist and school administrator pleaded guilty Friday to raping a young boy in a deal that takes prison time off the table. James McGhee, 52, would face 10 years-to-life on sex offender intensive supervision if a judge accepts the terms of...

  • New trial ordered for ex-Fort Carson soldier 'coerced' into admitting role in 2014 murder

    By lance benzel lance.benzel@gazette.com -
    Updated: 19 hr ago

    An ex-Fort Carson soldier serving life in prison for a 2014 murder in Security-Widefield won a new trial after his attorneys successfully argued that he was coerced by interrogators into making incriminating statements. When Brian Keith Springsted, 35, goes before a new jury on Aug....

  • Colorado Springs man sentenced for 7-year-old stepson's fatal fall from overlook

    By lance benzel lance.benzel@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Feb 22, 2018

    When 7-year-old Kaivion Eleby smiled, he did it with goofy gusto, baring his teeth and gums alike and charming anyone in his orbit. That "Kaivion smile" was recalled in court Wednesday as family members requested a stiff sentence against his stepfather, Kyle McClain, for reckless...

  • Prosecutors move to dismiss charges against ex-El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa

    By LANCE BENZEL
    Updated: Sat, Feb 17, 2018

    After two mistrials ended in near convictions, special prosecutors on Friday moved to dismiss felony corruption charges against former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa. Lead prosecutor Mark Hurlbert said Maketa‚Äôs back-to-back mistrials damaged the chances for conviction...

  • Indictment: Social media firms got played by Russian agents

    By MATT O'BRIEN and MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writers
    Updated: Fri, Feb 16, 2018

    Friday's election-interference indictment brought by Robert Mueller, the U.S. special counsel, underscores how thoroughly social-media companies like Facebook and Twitter were played by Russian propagandists. And it's not clear if the companies have taken sufficient action to prevent...

  • Federal judge tosses ex-Green Beret's lawsuit against Fountain over pot raid

    By lance benzel lance.benzel@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Feb 15, 2018

    A former Army Green Beret's attempt to sue Fountain police over a July 2016 marijuana raid has been quashed. A federal judge in Denver this month dismissed a civil rights lawsuit filed by Eli Olivas citing "failure to state a claim," a procedural snag meaning that Olivas' complaint...

  • Admitted Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooter again ruled incompetent

    By lance benzel lance.benzel@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Feb 13, 2018

    Admitted Planned Parenthood shooter Robert Lewis Dear Jr. has again been ruled incompetent by a judge, keeping his prosecution on hold. The result of his latest evaluation by state psychiatrists - that Dear, 59, remains too mentally disturbed to understand the charges against him -...

  • Sabin Middle School threat suspect, 13, loses bid for release on bond

    By LANCE BENZEL lance.benzel@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Feb 13, 2018

    A judge Monday denied a request to set bond for one of two 13-year-old boys linked to an alleged "kill list" at Sabin Middle School in Colorado Springs, ordering that he remain in custody. Fourth Judicial District Judge G. David Miller cited continuing fears for the public's safety...

  • Colorado Springs mom gets four years probation for not securing gun son used to shoot the other

    By lance benzel lance.benzel@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Feb 13, 2018

    A Colorado Springs woman who admitted that she didn't secure a loaded pistol that her 3-year-old son used to shoot his 2-year-old brother has learned her sentence. Monica Abeyta, 31, will serve four years on supervised probation as a result of a plea bargain accepted by a judge...

  • 'I can't stop thinking of killing people,' mentally ill brother of slain siblings told Colorado Springs police

    By lance benzel lance.benzel@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Feb 10, 2018

    Two or more years before Malik Vincent Murphy allegedly stabbed his two youngest siblings to death, he hid out in a bathroom at his high school in Lincoln, Neb., waiting to strangle the next person who walked through the door. The scheme, which apparently fizzled when he lost his...

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