Friday, July 1

Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, the young trucker pardoned at Christmas



The life of Rogel Aguilera-Mederos It has made a nearly 180 degree turn in just two weeks. If less than a month ago it was convicted by an American court To spend the rest of his life in prison, now, thanks to the Colorado governor’s pardon, he will be able to ask for parole in just five years.

Aguilera-Mederos’ nightmare – and many others – began on April 25, 2019, when the truck driving on Interstate 70 in Lakewood, near Denver, his brakes failed, colliding with several vehicles, which caused an explosion that killed four people. At trial the driver was found guilty of 27 criminal charges.

Aguilera-Mederos worked

at the time of the accident for a trucking company, based in Houston, which had already undergone several inspections that had revealed mechanical failures, according to some American media. The young man, who had no criminal record, negative god both in alcohol and drugs.

The trick of the prosecutors was to accuse the young man of not using the side ramps designed to help vehicles that have lost control of their brakes. Aguilera-Mederos himself recognized during the trial his “Responsibility” in the facts and he apologized to the families of the victims and the injured, even confessing that he would have preferred to crash with his vehicle, still losing his life, if that had prevented the death of those people.

“The magnitude of the 110-year sentence is simply not commensurate with your actions,” stated the governor of Colorado

The judge in the case, A. Bruce Jones, read the sentence on December 13. After admitting his disagreement with the sentence, he nevertheless pointed out that the trucker had taken “Terrible and reckless decisions” despite “not intending to hurt.” The harshness of the sentence ignited social networks and multiplied requests for clemency – lubricated by more than four million people – asking the governor of Colorado, Jared Polis, for clemency. Many celebrities joined this request, including the media Kim Kardashian.

“I pray that Governor Polis, who has been a leader in supporting reforms that increase human dignity in the legal system, will commute his sentence.” A climate of solidarity who they put sound band groups such as the Mexican Los Cenzontles de Burgo, with his corrido ‘Sentencia 110’; or the rappers Bryan Álvarez ‘El Brack’ and César Alfaro ‘Alfaro’.

Popular pressure led the prosecution to schedule a new hearing, on January 13, in order to reassess the sentence, reducing the sentence to between 20 and 30 years in prison, but days later, on December 30, the governor Jared Polis announced the commutation of the sentence to 10 years. «I think you deserve clemency for several reasons. You were sentenced to 110 years in prison, actually more than a life sentence, for a tragic but unintentional act, “argued Polis in a statement, adding:”The magnitude of the 110-year sentence is simply not proportional with your actions or with the punishment given to others for similar cases ».

Aguilera-Mederos confessed to feeling “relieved and very grateful” after hearing the news, not so the relatives of some of the deceased who have shown their discomfort. The prosecutor in the case, Alexis King, also reacted to the pardon, who has promised to reveal details of the case “that we were ethically prohibited from disclosing while it was pending.” We will see if this information returns to give a new twist to the story of Rogel Aguilera-Mederos.

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