El Paso County Crime

Lengthy trials expected for accused co-conspirators of former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa

Trial for former Cmdr. John San Agustin is Nov. 7

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - The two accused co-conspirators of former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa were in court via phone on Tuesday. 

Maketa himself was the first to phone in. 

A judge approved his motion for continuance, pushing back his trial date by around three months. 

READ MORE: Judge delays trial date for former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa


Next was former Undersheriff Paula Presley. She was notified that her trial date will be Feb. 27 with a pretrial readiness hearing on Feb. 26. 

She is facing the following charges: 

  • Extortion
  • Conspiracy to commit extortion
  • Tampering with a witness or victim
  • Conspiracy to commit tampering with a witness or victim
  • Second-degree kidnapping
  • False imprisonment
  • First-degree official misconduct

Prosecutors for the trial of  former Commander "John" San Agustin spoke to the judge claiming they may need more time to file motions.

The judge and the defense want to continue with the case, and a trial date has been set for Nov. 7. 

"We just want to make sure the prosecution is ready to go to trial," a San Agustin defense attorney said.  "Last time, they dropped two of the charges against Maketa and asked for a continuance."

San Agustin was arrested in September of 2016 on charges of false imprisonment and second-degree kidnapping. 

Officials do expect the three trials to last around three weeks. 

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