September 27, 2022

Trucker’s Sentence Reduced to 10 Years After Originally Receiving 110 Years for Fatal Highway Crash

Following public outcry, Colorado Governor Jared Polis has decreased the jail sentence of the truck driver who obtained 110-years for the deadly freeway crash that left 4 lifeless. In an announcement Thursday, Gov. Polis lowered Rogel Aguilera-Mederos‘ sentence to 10 years.

“I am writing to inform you that I am granting your application for a commutation,” Polis wrote. “After learning about the highly atypical and unjust sentence in your case, I am commuting your sentence to 10 years and granting you parole eligibility on December 30, 2026.”

“The length of your 110-year sentence is simply not commensurate with your actions, nor with penalties handed down to others for similar crimes,” Polis mentioned within the letter. “There is an urgency to remedy this unjust sentence and restore confidence in the uniformity and fairness of our criminal justice system, and consequently I have chosen to commute your sentence now.”

Aguilera-Mederos was sentenced on December 13 to 110 years in jail for a 2019 deadly crash on I-70. He claimed the crash occurred after his brakes malfunctioned whereas he was driving. Nevertheless, prosecutors argued he may have used a runaway truck ramp to forestall the lethal crash. In consequence, dozens have been injured, and 4 individuals –Miguel Angel Lamas Arellano, 24; Doyle Harrison, 61; Stanley Politano, 69;  and William Bailey, 67 — misplaced their lives.

He was discovered responsible of 27 counts, with first-degree assault being essentially the most severe. Colorado legislation didn’t enable the decide to initially grant him a shorter sentence due to the costs he was discovered responsible of.