Colorado Governor Commutes Truck Driver’s 110-year Sentence

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis commuted the sentence of Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, a truck driver, to 10 years with eligibility for parole in five sentenced 110 years for killing four people in a deadly crash last 2019.

Aguilera-Mederos was convicted of 27 counts in the crash, including four counts of vehicular homicide in October of 2021. 

Aguilera-Mederos’ 110-year sentence was handed down on Dec. 13 because of mandatory minimum sentencing laws in Colorado and sparked an international outcry. 

After getting 5 million signatures to petition for a reduction of his sentence, Aguilera-Mederos applied for clemency. 

“The families of these victims will never again have the chance to embrace their lost loved ones. This was a tragic event that affected many Coloradans. Though your actions have caused immense pain, I am encouraged by your personal reflection and the commercial vehicle safety changes that were made in the wake of this tragedy to ensure this type of event never happens again,” said Polis in his clemency letter. 

“We are very grateful for the Governor’s thoughtful consideration throughout this process and for his willingness to grant clemency for a reduced sentence, “ said Leonard Martinez, attorney for Aguilera-Mederos.


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