DA asks court to reconsider 110-year sentence for truck driver in fatal I-70 crash

A Colorado district attorney is asking the court to reconsider the 110-year prison sentence given to truck driver Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, who was convicted in the 2019 crash on Interstate 70 that killed four people.

A status hearing in the case has been set for Monday morning, according to online court records.

First Judicial District Attorney Alexis King filed a motion on Friday asking the court to reconsider Aguilera’s sentence and a second motion on Tuesday to expedite the process, so it could be heard by the judge who presided over the case.

Aguilera-Mederos, 26, was found guilty in October of four counts of vehicular homicide and 23 other charges, including six counts of assault in the first degree — extreme indifference; 10 counts of attempt to commit assault in the first degree — extreme indifference; two counts of vehicular assault — reckless; one count of reckless driving; and four counts of careless driving causing death.

At the sentencing earlier this month, Colorado District Court Judge A. Bruce Jones said he was bound to the mandatory-minimum sentencing laws in the state, CNN affiliate KMGH reported.

“On December 13, we requested the minimum sentence allowed by law and discussed with the court the statutory procedure permitting the court to reconsider its sentence in an exceptional case involving unusual and extenuating circumstances,” King said Wednesday in a statement.

King said in the statement that reconsidering the sentence would not overturn Aguilera-Mederos’ conviction, which King said was supported by the evidence in the case.

“It simply allows the court greater flexibility than at initial sentencing,” she said in the statement.

Leonard Martinez, one of Aguilera-Mederos’ attorneys, told KMGH that the 110-year sentenceis too long.

“I’m excited that, at least for now, that there’s options open for my client, and we’re going to look at every option available to help this this kid get his sentence reduced,” Martinez said to KMGH.

Source: CNN

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