A 110-year prison sentence given to a truck driver whose breaks failed, causing a fatal crash two years ago, has sparked an outcry from millions, including the judge who presided over his case.
Now, days later, a Colorado DA is asking for a judge to review the life sentence handed down to 26-year-old Rogel Aguilera-Mederos.
As Business Insider reports:
Rogel Aguilera-Mederos was convicted on 27 counts in the crash, which killed four people in Jefferson County, Colorado. During sentencing on December 13, Judge A. Bruce Jones said state law required the sentences for those counts to be served consecutively, leading to a 110-year prison term.
More than 4.6 million people have since signed a petition asking Colorado Gov. Jared Polis to grant Aguilera-Mederos clemency. Kim Kardashian also urged Polis to commute Aguilera-Mederos’ sentence on Twitter.
Jefferson County District Attorney Alexis King filed a motion Tuesday asking a judge to review Aguilera-Mederos’ sentence. The motion requested an expedited hearing as soon as December 24.
“The purpose for the People’s expedited request is so that the named victims in the case, as well as their families, have an opportunity to be heard by the trial court who is fully aware of the facts of the case,” the motion reads.
One of the prosecutors in the case faced an intense backlash on social media for posting a photo of a brake shoe from a semi-truck along with a plaque she received after Aguilera-Mederos’ conviction.
At the same time, a movement of truck drivers upset over the sentence has blossomed on social media, especially TikTok. The truckers say they won’t drive through Colorado unless Gov. Polis commutes part of Aguilera-Mederos’ sentence.
So, what do you think? Not to take anything away from the victims, but was this sentence fair — particularly when a man will die in prison for a crime without malicious intent (as prosecutors admitted)?