The 110-year prison sentence for the truck driver and his role in the deadly I-70 crash that killed four people has received clemency from Colorado Governor Polis.
Rogel Aguilera-Mederos asked for clemency from Gov. Jared Polis, and on ThursdayPolis announced that he has reduced the sentence to a 10-year sentence. With eligibility for parole on Dec. 30, 2026.
“The crimes you were convicted of are serious. Four individuals lost their lives and others were seriously injured because of your bad decisions,” Polis wrote in the clemency letter. “The families of these victims will never again have the chance to embrace their lost loved ones. This was a tragic event that affected many Coloradans. Though your actions have caused immense pain, I am encouraged by your personal reflection and the commercial vehicle safety changes that were made in the wake of this tragedy to ensure this type of event never happens again.”
Polis said that the sentence was “arbitrary and unjust” and called on the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice to review the sentencing guidelines to “ensure greater consistency in sentencing to prevent future bizarre outcomes like the one in this case.”