The truck driver who was sentenced to 110 years in prison for a fatal accident in Colorado has been resentenced to 10 years after an outcry from family and advocates.
According to ABC News:
Gov. Jared Polis announced the commutation of Rogel Aguilera-Mederos’ sentence Thursday.
“I am writing to inform you that I am granting your application for a commutation,” Polis wrote.
“After learning about the highly atypical and unjust sentence in your case, I am commuting your sentence to 10 years and granting you parole eligibility on December 30, 2026.”
Attorney James Colgan, who represented Mederos during the trial, said in a statement to ABC News:
“Justice was served!!! This commutation is far more reflective of the crime than 110 years.
This type of justice is exactly why I went to law school and why I continue to practice law! Mr. Mederos will be forever grateful for the millions of people that supported him.”
Mederos was sentenced on Dec. 13 to 110 years in prison for a 2019 fatal crash on Interstate 70, outside Denver, that killed four people and injured several others — a sentence the judge said he wouldn’t have chosen if he had the discretion.
Mederos testified that his brakes failed, but he was driving 85 mph when the speed limit was 45 mph and he drove past a runaway truck ramp before plowing into stopped traffic, police said.
He was found guilty by a Jefferson County jury of 27 counts — the most serious was first-degree assault, a class-three felony.
Kim Kardashian posted to her stories:
TEN YEARS IS STILL TOO MUCH. A vehicle failure causing an accident is not criminal. So, no thank you
— Terryberry (@pugllover0217) December 30, 2021
4 people died & you think that’s too much? I think the original sentence was outrageous but he can’t have a slap on the wrist either. 😬🤣
— oh gee (@Oscarr_garciaa) December 31, 2021
All these people still upset saying “he shouldn’t get any time/10 years is still too much”-can’t you just celebrate a massive victory? His sentence was reduced by 100 years, likely 105. He was still operating the truck and made grave errors & cost 4 lives. His punishment is fair.
— Molly🦇✨ (@MollyDelReyy) December 31, 2021
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