Colorado Gov. Jared PolisJared Schutz Police COVID-19 playoffs may be here Colorado truck driver sentenced to 110 years in prison for attempting to reduce prison sentence (D) on Thursday amended the 110-year sentence for the truck driver involved in an accident that killed four people, calling the verdict “very atypical and unfair” and reducing it by 100 years.
In October, a jury found Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, 26, guilty of 27 charges relating to the incident in which his truck ran into stopped traffic on I-70, killing four people and injuring at least 10 others. Aguilera-Mederos told the court that his brake had failed before the crash.
Aguilera-Mederos was sentenced to 110 years in prison for mandatory minimum sentence laws in Colorado. The ruling sparked international outcry for its seriousness, with other truck drivers boycotting Colorado in protest.
As the KDVR reported, Aguilera-Mederos applied for pardon from Polis, which the Colorado governor granted Thursday, cutting his sentence to 10 years.
“I think you deserve mercy for several reasons,” Polis wrote. “You were sentenced to 110 years in prison, in fact more than a life sentence, for a tragic but unintentional act. Even if you are not innocent, your punishment is disproportionate to many other inmates of our criminal justice system who committed intentionally, deliberately, or violent crimes. “
Police stressed that the crimes for which Aguilera-Mederos was convicted were “serious”, but said he was “encouraged” by the “personal reflection” that the defendant had made, as well as the “safety changes for commercial vehicles” that was made in the light of crash.
“While you have begun the process of taking responsibility and acknowledging the mistakes that led to this tragic event, I urge you to take further responsibility for your actions by seeking restorative justice opportunities to address your obligations to those who have little loss and repair the needs of society because of your carelessness, “said Polis.