The truck driver who caused the crash that killed 4 people has been granted clemency by Colorado’s Governor.
Rogel Aguilera-Mederos was driving an 18-wheeler in 2019 when the truck’s brakes failed, causing the horrific pileup crash.
He wasn’t drunk or distracted at the time of the accident yet he was given a sentence of 110 years behind bars because the sentence was the mandatory minimum according to the laws of the state where the accident occurred.
Over 5 million people, including Kim Kardashian signed a petition to have his sentence reduced as they said he doesn’t deserve to be in jail for the rest of his life over an accident that wasn’t as a result of negligence on his part.
The public felt the sentence was harsh and unfair given the whole thing was an accident.
Colorado’s Governor has now granted him clemency.
In his clemency letter Thursday, Dec. 30, Colorado Governor Jared Polis said, “The crimes you were convicted of are serious. Four individuals lost their lives and others were seriously injured because of your bad decisions.”
He continued, “Though your actions have caused immense pain, I am encouraged by your personal reflection and the commercial vehicle safety changes that were made in the wake of this tragedy to ensure this type of event never happens again.”
Rogel will be eligible for parole in 2026.
After Rogel was granted clemency, Kim thanked Governor Polis, writing, “Thank you @GovofCO for taking action to reduce Mr. Aguilera-Mederos sentence! While his new sentence is ten years, he will now have an opportunity to come home in five years and be with his son and wife.”
She continues, “This case was a clear example of why mandatory minimums don’t work and need to be abolished. I’m grateful to Governor Polis for his empathy and leadership on this case.”