Trucker’s 110-Year Prison Sentence is Reduced to 10 Years: Is It Going Too Far the Other Way?

Update on the Rogel Aguilera-Mederos case.

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image by Lakewood Colorado Police.

Colorado Governor, Jared Polis, reduced the prison sentence of Rogel Aguilera-Mederos from 110 years down to 10 years. Gov. Polis called the original sentence “unjust”. Did the sentence get reduced too much? A brother of this deadly I-70 crash victim speaks out.

This semi-truck crash occurred in April 2019. The driver of the truck, then a 23-year-old Rogel, lost control of his truck due to a brake failure after descending a steep section of I-70 towards Denver, Colorado. He crashed into stopped traffic. A car pileup, a fire, and four fatalities resulted. Stanley Politano, 69, William Bailey, 67, Doyle Harrison, 61, and Miguel Angel Lamas Arellano, 24 – were killed.

In October 2021, a judge ruled a 110-year sentence under Colorado law after finding the defendant guilty on 27 counts. Here is our previous story about the truck driver community, public, and activist protests that all asked for a reduction of the original 110-year sentence.

According to a CBS report – Duane Bailey (who lost his brother William “Bill” Bailey in the crash) stated, “As far as I’m concerned, [Gov. Polis] undermined the integrity of the courts”.

Where do you stand on the original sentence, and the new and reduced sentence? Let us know in the comments below.