Former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa during his corruption trial. 

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Terry Maketa went from a rising Republican star to a criminal defendant after allegations of abuse of power. This week, a jury acquitted him on three counts and hung on four others. Prosecutors say they'll decide within a few days whether to retry him, Colorado Springs Gazette reporter Lance Benzel told Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner. 

Maketa's political star began to fade with allegations of affairs with co-workers and favoritism in the sheriff's department. Last year, he was indicted on multiple charges including extortion and official misconduct.