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Sentence diminished for truck driver in lethal crash in Colorado

Sentence diminished for truck driver in lethal crash in Colorado

Colorado’s governor used his energy to vary the sentence after Rogel Aguilera-Mederos utilized for clemency.

DENVER — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has diminished the sentence for Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, the truck driver within the 2019 Interstate 70 crash that killed 4 individuals.

Polis used his energy to vary that sentence after Aguilera-Mederos utilized for clemency.

The governor has diminished Aguilera-Mederos’ sentence to 10 years, 9NEWS discovered. A information launch from the governor’s workplace on Thursday afternoon confirmed the choice.

Duane Bailey, a relative of one of many victims, informed 9NEWS that their household had a Zoom name with the governor earlier Thursday. Bailey stated Polis informed them the sentence will likely be 10 years to “appropriate the injustice of the primary sentence.”

Earlier this month, Aguilera-Mederos was sentenced to 110 years in jail. He was discovered responsible of 27 fees, together with 4 counts of vehicular manslaughter.

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Prosecutors launched proof all through the trial to show that the crash was not an accident, however the results of a collection of dangerous choices.

“All day lengthy, he was seen driving above the velocity restrict. His brakes on Berthoud Move had been already smoking and scorching,” Duane Bailey stated final week.

His brother William was one of many 4 killed within the crash.

“Sure, they failed, however they failed due to his actions. They did not fail due to a mechanical failure,” Bailey stated.

A court docket listening to was set for Jan. 13 for the choose within the case to rethink the sentence. The request was made by the district legal professional.

Due to the governor’s actions, that listening to is probably going moot.

District Lawyer Alexis King stated on Monday that she would search a 20 to 30 yr sentence on the Jan. 13 listening to.

Within the information launch saying the sentence change, Polis added he lately discovered {that a} relative of the driving force’s legal professional works within the governor’s workplace. The workplace stated this individual had no involvement within the commutation course of, they work in an unrelated capability to this matter they usually weren’t conscious of the governor’s resolution upfront.

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