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Colorado governor lowered the 110-year sentence in vehicular homicide case because the tragedy was 'unintentional'


The governor of Colorado has lowered the 110-year sentence of truck driver Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos in a vehicular homicide case to just 10-years because the tragedy was an "unintentional act".
A supplied photo of Rogel Aguilera-Medero.Lakewood Police Department / Supplied

Last week, Governor Jared Polis of Colorado lowered a 110-year sentence of a truck driver convicted of vehicular homicide and reduced it to just 10-years of prison term.

This happened after prosecutors went back in court earlier during that week in a rare move, attempting some form of leniency.

The governor penned a commutation letter to Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos, saying that the crash was a "tragic but unintentional act."

In his words, Governor Polis said:

While you are not blameless, your sentence is disproportionate compared with many other inmates in our criminal justice system who committed intentional, premeditated, or violent crimes".

According to a BBC report, the sentencing of Aguilera-Mederos was determined by a lot of factors which included his past experiences with driving.

Prosecutors had presented evidence to the court that the accused was improperly trained in driving on mountain roads.

Not only this, but they also mentioned how Aguilera-Mederos was aware of his tractor-trailer brakes not being well-maintained but still continued to haul a load of lumber.

In October, Aguilera-Mederos was then found guilty by a jury on four homicide charges with multiple counts of assault and reckless driving, which led to the 110-year sentence.

This case amassed over 5 million signatures on a petition that was loaded on, calling for clemency on his 110-year sentence, as reported by the The New York Times.

Aguilera-Mederos will now be eligible for parole in five years, and his lawyer has expressed how his client was pleased with the news.

- Additional sourcing from Reuters, ABC News, BBC and The New York Times.

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