DENVER — After more than five million people signed a petition asking for a reduced sentence or release for Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, Governor Jared Polis has reduced the for truck driver's sentence from 110 years to 10 years.
A judge sentence Aguilera Mederos, 26, to 110 years in prison on December 13, 2021 after he was convicted for causing a large crash that killed four people and hurt six others on Interstate 70 west of Denver in April of 2019.
The Denver Post reported the district court judge wasn’t allowed to give a lesser sentence to Aguilera-Mederos because of mandatory minimum sentencing laws.
Polis explained his decision to reduce the 110-year sentence in a letter to Aguilera-Mederos.
"While you are not blameless, your sentence is disproportionate compared with many other inmates in our criminal justice system who committed intentional, premeditated, or violent crimes," the governor wrote.