DENVER (KDVR) – The truck driver sentenced to 110 years in prison for his role in a fatal crash that killed four people on Interstate 70 has received pardon from the governor.
Rogel Aguilera-Mederos applied for pardon from Governor Jared Polis, who on Thursday announced that he was reducing his sentence to 10 years. Aguilera-Mederos will be eligible for parole on December 30, 2026.
“The crimes you were convicted of are serious. Four people lost their lives and others were seriously injured because of your bad decisions,” Polis wrote in his letter of mercy. “The families of these victims will never again have the chance to embrace their lost loved ones.This was a tragic event that affected many coloradans.Although your actions have caused tremendous pain, I am encouraged by your personal reflection and the safety changes in commercial vehicles that were made in the wake of this tragedy to ensure that this that type of event never happens again. “
Police called the verdict “arbitrary and unfair” and called on the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice to examine the sentencing guidelines to “ensure greater consistency in sentencing to prevent future bizarre outcomes like the one in this case.”
What led to this point
In October, a jury found Aguilera-Mederos guilty of 27 counts in the accident, including four counts of vehicle killings.
The 110-year sentence handed down on Dec. 13 was due to mandatory laws on minimum sentences in Colorado that apply to violent crimes – or any crime that results in death or injury.
The verdict sparked an international outcry to reduce his sentence and an online signature campaign that reached more than 5 million signatures as of Thursday. Aguilera-Mederos requested pardon from the governor.
The first judicial prosecution had also requested a hearing to reconsider the verdict, but prosecutors requested 20-30 years. A consultation date was set for 13 January. The status of the hearing is unclear.
Aguilera-Mederos claimed during the trial that his brakes failed as he traveled east on I-70 toward the city, eventually crashing into stopped traffic in Lakewood, killing four people and injuring at least 10 more.
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