Colorado Gov Jared Polis discusses clemency for truck driver sentenced


Aguilera-Mederos, 26, was sentenced earlier this month for an April 2019 crash on Interstate 70 near Denver that killed four people. Some have criticized the lengthy punishment as harsh given that the brakes of his semi-truck failed, and he lost control of the vehicle. Calls for leniency continue to grow in the case of Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, 26, who was recently sentenced to 110-years in prison for a 2019 crash that killed four people. (Fox News)Aguilera-Mederos a Cuban immigrant, was traveling at about 85 mph before crashing into dozens of stopped cars, causing an explosion. Prosecutors argued that he could have used several ramps to stop. An arrest affidavit said that he tried pulling over to the shoulder off the road, but another semi was already stopped there. Four people were killed: Doyle Harrison, 61, of Hudson; William Bailey, 67, and Stan Politano, 69, both of Arvada; and 24-year-old Denver resident Miguel Angel Lamas Arrellano. Fox News has reached out to relatives of the victims for comment. Workers clear debris from the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 on April 26, 2019, in Lakewood, Colo., following a deadly pileup involving a semi-truck hauling lumber.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)Truckers and civil rights groups immediately criticized the sentence. A petition requesting clemency has garnered 4.7 million signatures. Colorado District Court Judge A. Bruce Jones seemed not to agree with his sentence, saying he was bound by state laws on mandatory-minimum sentencing that required him to impose the punishment to run consecutively as opposed to concurrently. Polis’s office on Tuesday told Fox News that it has received a clemency application from Aguilera-Mederos’ legal team.”Once we reach a decision, we will make an announcement,” a spokesperson said. LULAC is hopeful a decision will be made shortly.”We’re hoping that the governor will do the right thing and make a decision to provide either a pardon or a commuted sentence,” Garcia said. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian West have also called for a commuted sentence. Supporters of Aguilera-Mederos were expected to hold a rally at the state capitol in Denver on Wednesday.

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