Juror Talks Texas Truck Driver’s 110-Year Sentence for Deadly Crash: ‘Not Right’

by Samantha Whidden

Following the news that a Texas truck driver received a 110-year sentence for a deadly crash that killed four and seriously injured six others in 2019, one of the jurors in the trial is speaking out about the punishment.

As previously reported, at the time of the sentencing 26-year-old Rogel Aguilera-Mederos pleaded with Colorado judge A. Bruce Jones to be lenient on him prior to his sentencing. At the time of the accident, the Texas truck driver was driving down 1-70 in Lakewood, Colorado going 85 mph during rush hour traffic. He revealed that his brakes went out when he crashed into more than two dozen cars. The crash caused an explosion.

When asked why he didn’t use a runaway truck ramp prior to the crash, the Texas truck driver revealed he didn’t realize that his brakes were smoking. He also claimed that he made attempts to prevent the crash from happening. 

At the time, the Lakewood police described the horrific crash as one of the worst in the city’s history. During the Texas truck driver’s trial, the judge reportedly gave him the minimum sentence on all 27 counts of the charges. But each of the counts needed to be served consecutively. In total, the amount came out to 110 years. 

What Is a Juror in the Texas Truck Driver Crash Case Now Saying?

According to Fox News, one of the jurors in the Texas truck driver crash case revealed that they had cried their eyes out during the sentencing. “100-fold of what it should have been,” the juror declared. “There is just something wrong to where a judge cannot intervene in some way. And say the way this is written is not right.”

During the sentencing, the Texas truck driver was told that the judge was bound to Colorado’s laws on mandatory-minimum sentencing. During his sentencing, Aguilera-Mederos stated that he would have preferred God had taken him instead of the crash victims. “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.”

Although the juror stated that they believed the Texas truck driver is guilty of the accident and doesn’t think he should be offered clemency, they do think he should be handed a more “suitable” sentence. “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.”

Colorado Governor Jared Polis stated on Thursday that he had not yet received a clemency application from Aguilera-Mederos.