DA Asks Judge to Reconsider Colorado Truck Driver’s 110-Year Sentence

by Michael Freeman
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After a Colorado truck driver crashed and killed four people in 2019, he was sentenced to 110 years in prison. The case is being brought into the spotlight again, with the district attorney asking the judge to reconsider the long sentence.

Rogel Aguilera-Mederos was convicted in October on 42 different counts. These included vehicular homicide and first-degree assault after his 18-wheeler crashed on I-70 in Lakewood. The crash killed four and injured six others. Now, First Judicial District Attorney Alexis King filed a motion for the court to set a hearing and reconsider the sentence.

“As Colorado law required the imposition of the sentence in this case, the law also permits the Court to reconsider its sentence in an exceptional case involving unusual and extenuating circumstances,” the motion states. “This would allow for the conditions to be met for a modification of the defendant’s sentence as was discussed by the People in the initial sentencing hearing.”

According to the statement, even the living victims and families of the deceased wish to alter the sentence. “We have spoken to the living victims and the families of the deceased victims, and it is their specific desire to be heard on this modification, in this forum, as quickly as possible.”

District Court Judge Bruce Jones sentenced Mederos himself, but also concurs about the idea. According to him, he imposed the sentence because at the time it was the mandatory minimum, the New York Post stated.

As of now, there is no word on whether the court will reconsider Mederos’ sentence.

Deadly Crash Juror Speaks Out About Sentence, Saying it’s ‘Not Right’

At a glance, it seems many don’t agree with Rogel Aguilera-Mederos’ 110-year sentence. At least one of the jurors on the case feels the same, stating the sentence is “not right.

Fox News recently spoke to one of the jurors, who said they “cried their eyes out” during the sentencing. “100-fold of what it should have been,” the anonymous juror stated. “There is just something wrong to where a judge cannot intervene in some way. And say the way this is written is not right.”

Speaking further about it, the juror recalled Mederos’ testimony, claiming he wished God had taken him instead. “I am not a criminal and I am not a murderer. I am not a killer. When I look at my charges, we are talking about a murderer. Which is not me. I have never thought about hurting anybody in my entire life.”

Though the juror stated they believe he is guilty and should receive jail time, what he got was way too much. “I don’t think the governor should sit there and offer him clemency. And let him off. But to step in and say this would be a more suitable sentence for what had happened.”

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