Rogel Aguilera Mederos, 26 years old was sentenced this month to 110 year imprisonment. He caused a fiery stackup which resulted in four deaths in Colorado.
Source: Associated Press

Four people were killed in a Colorado truck accident that resulted in a 110 year sentence for the truck driver. Millions signed a petition asking for leniency and one of his attorneys asking that his sentence be reexamined.

Alexis King, Jefferson County District Attorney filed a motion FridayThe court is asked to reconsider the sentence that Rogel Aguilera Mederos, 26, received for his 2019 accident which he claimed was due to brake failure. The motion describes the case as “exceptional” and “involving unusual and extenuating circumstances.”

The motion says that prosecutions will meet with victims before any proceeding are initiated. King’s office said in a statement Tuesday, announcing the motion, that it will not provide further comment at this time.

An estimated 4.6 million people signed the petition. online petition urging Aguilera-Mederos’ Dec. 13 sentence be reduced, arguing that the crash was not intentional or criminal and that he was found to have been sober at the time. Protests by truck drivers over the sentencing have been held using hashtags such as #NoTrucksToColorado or #NoTrucksColorado.

A firefighter responds to the scene of the deadly 2019 pileup involving over two dozen vehicles near Denver.
Firefighter arrives on the scene to assist in the rescue of a deadly pileup that involved more than two dozen cars near Denver.
Source: Associated Press

Aguilera-Mederos was hauling lumber on April 25, 2019, when he said his semi’s brakes failed along Interstate 70, causing him to careen down the mountain interstate and into stopped traffic in Lakewood. The prosecution accused him of driving too fast and failing to use a ramp that is designed for cars with brake failures.

District Court Judge Bruce Jones expressed disappointment at the lofty sentence. According to Jones, the sentence was the minimum term required by state law in order for Aguilera Mederos to be convicted on the 27 charges. These must all run concurrently.

“I will state that if I had the discretion, it would not be my sentence,” he said, according to The Associated Press.

“In all victim impact statements I read, I did not glean from them someone saying, ‘He should be in prison for the rest of his life, and he should never, ever get out,’” Jones said during the sentencing hearing.

A dispute has since arisen over an apparent trophy made from wood that was apparently exchanged by two of the district attorneys who were prosecuting this case.

Rogel Aguilera-Mederos was convicted in October of vehicular homicide and other charges stemming from the April 2019 crash.
Rogel Aguilera Mederos was convicted of vehicular murder and other charges in October.
Source: Associated Press

Jefferson County Deputy District Attorney Kayla Wildeman posted to social media at an undisclosed date a photo of a truck’s brake shoe that was turned into what she called a “special gift” to memorialize the case. It features a plaque reading “I-70 Case” and the case number. The item was gifted to Ms. Moritzky by Trevor Moritzky (senior District Attorney), according to the now-deleted posting. The Denver Post.

“I sure am grateful this trial brought you into my career as both a colleague and a friend!” the post read.

In a Statement, King to Denver Channel on Tuesday, said Wildeman’s post was made in “very poor taste” and said that the brake part is not from the crash scene.

“The post … does not reflect the values of my administration. We have addressed it internally,” she told the station. Her office did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

Kim Kardashian West ― who recently passed California’s First-Year Law Students’ Examination ― was among those who expressed outrage not only over Aguilera-Mederos’ sentence but that social media post.

“Makes me so sick,” she tweeted Tuesday. “Colorado law really has to be changed and this is so unfair.”

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D), Colorado Governor, stated Tuesday at a press conference that his office had received Aguilera Mederos’ clemency request and that the legal team was reviewing it.

“When we have a decision, we will announce it,” Polis said, according to local station KDVR.

Aguilera-Mederos’ attorney, James Colgan, also told The Denver Post he plans to appeal the verdict, which he said would mean any application for clemency or leniency would have to wait pending that appeal. Colgan did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.


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