COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors in Colorado have decided to drop all charges against a former sheriff accused of abusing his power after two juries deadlocked on some of the allegations.

Prosecutors decided to re-try former El Paso County sheriff Terry Maketa after a jury in July found him not guilty on several charges and deadlocked on others, including felony extortion.

Terry Maketa in court (credit: CBS)

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The second trial ended on Feb. 5 when jurors acquitted Maketa of two counts of official misconduct and deadlocked on extortion charges.

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Prosecutors on Friday asked to dismiss all charges and said they respect jurors’ decisions.

Maketa was accused of threatening to end a $5.3 million contract with the county jail’s health provider if it did not fire an employee who refused to support a favorite of Maketa’s to succeed him as sheriff.

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