Truck Driver Sentenced to 110 Years Typestrucks.Com On Wednesday, Gov. Jared Polis announced that he would reduce his sentence to 10 years and qualify Colorado truck driver Rogel Aguilera-Mederos for probation.
“The length of your 110-year prison sentence is in no way comparable to your actions or the punishment imposed on others for similar crimes,” Polis wrote in the clemency letter.
“This arbitrary and unjust sentence is the result of a Colorado law passed by the legislature and signed by a previous governor, and it is not the fault of the judge who handed down the mandatory sentence required by law in this case.”
“This case will hopefully spark an important conversation about criminal law, but the next law change will not retroactively affect your sentence, which is why I am giving you this limited conversion,” Polis wrote.
Truck Driver Sentenced to 110 Years
Aguilera-Mederos, 26, was found guilty of 27 counts, and Judge A. Bruce Jones said her hands were tied because of mandatory state minimum laws.
The semitrailer truck accident occurred due to brake failure. Prosecutors argued that he knew his brakes were failing and he failed to take the necessary precautions, such as using an uncontrolled truck ramp.
The verdict was met with protests. A petition Change.org garnered more than 5 million signatures, Kim Kardashian West is one of them.
Some did not welcome the police’s stance. According to the BBC, District Attorney Alexis King said he was “disappointed by the governor’s decision to act prematurely.” A hearing to review the verdict is already underway.
In a letter to Aguilera-Mederos explaining his decision, the governor said that while he was innocent of the accident, his 110-year prison sentence was disproportionate compared to inmates who had committed intentional, premeditated or violent crimes.
The governor said the case would hopefully spark discussion about criminal law, but he noted that future changes would not help Aguilera-Medero.
“There is an urgency to remedy these unjust sentences and restore confidence in the uniformity and fairness of our criminal justice system, and that is why I have decided to change your sentence now,” he wrote.
First District Attorney Alexis King told reporters on Monday that the case was “extraordinary” and that it required an “extraordinary trial.” Instead, his office tried to hate him for 20 to 30 years.