Prosecutor Blasts Governor’s ‘Premature’ Decision to Slash 100 Years From Trucker’s 110-Year Sentence
Denver, CO — First Judicial District Attorney Alexis King is blasting Colorado Governor Jared Polis (D) after he granted clemency to Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos, the trucker sentenced to 110 years in prison for his role in a fiery 2019 crash on Interstate 70 which claimed the lives of four people and injured six others.
In yet another unexpected development on Thursday, Governor Polis issued a commutation to the Cuban immigrant trucker who King’s office, in October, won convictions against on 27 criminal counts.
“After learning about the highly atypical and unjust sentence in your case, I am commuting your sentence to 10 years and granting you parole eligibility on December 30, 2026,” Gov. Polis said in a letter to Aguilera-Mederos dated December 30, 2021.
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In a statement sent to Transportation Nation Network (TNN) late Thursday, King said she was “disappointed” in the Governor’s decision arguing he acted “prematurely.”
Last week, in a stunning development, King called for First Judicial District Court Judge A. Bruce Jones to resentence Aguilera-Mederos to 20-30 years.
A resentencing hearing was set for January 13, 2022, but that hearing may now be canceled.
“From the beginning, we have followed the process set forth in the law to reach a just resolution of this case,” King said. “I joined the surviving victims and families of those who lost their loved ones in their wish to have the trial judge determine an appropriate sentence in this case, as he heard the facts and evidence of the defendant’s destructive conduct that led to death, injury, and devastating destruction.”
King indicated she and her staff are meeting with the victims and families of the deceased to offer “support” and help them in “navigating this unprecedented action and to ensure they are treated with fairness, dignity, and respect during this difficult time.”
In recent weeks, TNN has had consistent contact with King’s office seeking numerous pieces of previously unreleased information about the case.
A spokesperson for King told TNN prosecutors were “ethically prohibited” from releasing the information TNN was requesting about the investigation while the case was pending.
However, King now confirms to TNN more information will be released about the case soon.
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