Following Public Outcry, Prosecutor Will Ask Judge To Resentence Aguilera-Mederos to 20-30 Years

Denver, CO — In yet another stunning turn of events in the case of trucker Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos, prosecutors are now asking for a significantly reduced prison sentence.

In a statement sent to Transportation Nation Network (TNN) late Thursday, First Judicial District Attorney Alexis King — whose office won convictions on 27 criminal counts against the immigrant trucker — said she will be asking First Judicial District Court Judge A. Bruce Jones to resentence Aguilera-Mederos to 20-30 years instead of the 110-year term he was sentenced to only 10 days ago.


“Based on the facts of this case and input from the victims and their families, my office will be asking the court to consider a sentencing range of 20-30 years when the Court is prepared to address resentencing,” King said.

She further explained, “As the jury found, Mr. Aguilera-Mederos knowingly made multiple active choices that resulted in the death of four people, serious injuries to others, and mass destruction. This sentencing range reflects an appropriate outcome for that conduct, which was not an accident. Given that the victims in this case have more than one view of an appropriate outcome, and this trial court heard the evidence presented, we believe that this hearing is the best path to securing justice for everyone involved.”


Earlier this week, TNN reported King filed motions asking Judge Jones to reconsider the sentence in what she described as an “exceptional case involving unusual and extenuating circumstances.”

A hearing to begin the process of resentencing is now set for Monday, December 27, at 11:00 a.m.

“Our team has connected with defense counsel and will continue to do so as both parties prepare for this resentencing opportunity,” King said.

Additionally, King confirmed her office has also been in consultation with Colorado Governor Jared Polis (D) regarding a clemency application filed earlier this week by James Colgan, Aguilera-Mederos’s lawyer.


At a press briefing on Tuesday, Gov. Polis indicated his legal team is reviewing the matter.

As for King, she said her objective is to “ensure that the victims and their loved ones are heard” in both the resentencing process and the pending clemency application.

These new developments come after a public outcry in the days following the sentencing.

At center of the outrage is Colorado’s mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines for “crimes of violence” of which Aguilera-Mederos was convicted on 16 counts.


During the sentencing, Judge Jones even expressed dismay that Colorado law required him to sentence Aguilera-Mederos to the 10-year minimum for each of the six counts of first-degree assault with extreme indifference, to be served consecutively.

He was also bound by law to sentence the trucker to the minimum of five years for each of the 10 counts of attempted first-degree assault with extreme indifference, also to be served consecutively.

Colorado law does not allow for sentences on such crimes to be served concurrently.

King indicated she is now working with the Governor’s Sentencing Reform Task Force to begin reforming Colorado’s mandatory minimum sentencing laws.


The reaction within the trucking community remains deeply divided with impassioned opinions on both sides.

TNN was the first media outlet to report on a movement among some truckers to boycott all pickups and deliveries within the state of Colorado in a demonstration of anger over the sentencing.

Already this week, TNN broke the news that grassroots trucking organizers are planning a rally set for January 6-7, 2022, to call on Gov. Polis to reduce the sentence.

It is unclear how or if today’s developments will impact future demonstrations in support of Aguilera-Mederos.

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Comment (1)

  1. Here’s the problem with “public outcry”; It’s way to easy to inflate it. This sentence is not that complicated, yet, thousands of people apparently signed a petition without any research or thought. The “outcry” may have got a hearing, but changing his sentence, or anyone’s sentence, would trigger thousands of appeals. He bet on the jury and lost. Thinking he can change that is, well, ignorant.


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