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CO Prosecutor Asks To Reconsider Truck Driver's 110-Year Term

No one disputes that the brakes on Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos’s truck failed before the Colorado highway collision that left four dead and half a dozen more injured. With convictions on 27 counts, the judge said he had no choice but to sentence Aguilera-Mederos, 26, to 110 years in prison, a punishment that prompted a flurry of signatures on the fastest-growing Change.org petition of 2021, reports the Washington Post. District Attorney Alexis King has moved to reconsider the sentence, and Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is reviewing an application for clemency. King called it "an exceptional case involving unusual and extenuating circumstances." Prosecutors argued at trial that Aguilera-Mederos caused the disaster. He said he tried his best to avoid it. A hearing is set for Monday. The case has captured national attention and brought scrutiny on the laws that prevented a lighter punishment. Judge A. Bruce Jones said he was constrained by mandatory minimums for each charge and a requirement that “every crime of violence has to be sentenced consecutively.”

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