Denver march to seek reduced sentence for trucker who caused fatal I-70 crash

A march calling for a change to the sentence given to the truck driver who caused a deadly crash on Interstate 70 in April 2019 is set to take place Monday morning.

A Facebook event has been set up for a downtown march at 10 a.m. in support of Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, who was sentenced to 110 years in prison on Dec. 13. A jury found him guilty on 42 counts, including vehicular homicide, first-degree assault, attempted first-degree assault, vehicular assault, reckless driving and careless driving.

Similarly, a change.org petition asking Gov. Jared Polis to grant clemency to Aguilera-Mederos has been signed nearly 4.5 million times.

The Facebook group says they are not trying to take away from the families of the four people who were killed in the fiery crash.

“Let’s join together and RISE UP in support for Rogel! Let Governor Polis know the TIME doesn’t fit the “Crime”. If we do not stand up for him, who will?” the Facebook event asks. “Our goal is to bring local and national awareness so that we CAN find someone who will support Rogel in creating change in this sentencing.”

State laws forced District Court Judge Bruce Jones to lay down a minimum 110-year sentence. It stretched to more than a century because first-degree assault and attempted first-degree assault are so-called “crimes of violence” in which prison sentences must run consecutively and not concurrently when they spring from the same incident in Colorado.

The judge said he could not give a lesser term, even though that’s what he would’ve liked to do.

First Judicial District Attorney Alexis King — who pursued the convictions that led to the 110-year sentence — said in a statement that she would “welcome” a reconsideration of the prison term.

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