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from 110 to 10 years, the sentence of a driver reduced after a strong mobilization

A truck driver sentenced to 110 years in prison in the US state of Colorado for killing four people in a traffic accident had his sentence reduced to 10 years on Thursday, after intense online mobilization.

More than 5 million people, including reality star Kim Kardashian, have asked for leniency in an online petition for Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, who had been given a 110-year minimum sentence, in accordance with Colorado law .

Brakes that let go

The length of this sentence “is simply not commensurate with your actions, nor with the penalties imposed on others for similar crimesColorado Governor Jared Polis said Thursday in a letter to Aguilera-Mederos.

There is an urgent need to remedy this unjust sentence and to restore confidence in the regularity and fairness of our criminal justice system, and therefore I have decided to commute your sentence now.“, he added.

Cuban immigrant Rogel Aguilera-Mederos was carrying wood in April 2019 when his brakes failed on a descent, without him using the emergency lane.

In its mad rush, his truck had caused a pile-up with 28 vehicles, killing four people and injuring several people.

Mr. Aguilera-Mederos had been found guilty of all 27 charges against him. The truck driver will be eligible to apply for parole from December 2026.

Brakes that let go

The length of this sentence “is simply not commensurate with your actions, nor with the penalties imposed on others for similar crimesColorado Governor Jared Polis said Thursday in a letter to Aguilera-Mederos.

There is an urgent need to remedy this unjust sentence and to restore confidence in the regularity and fairness of our criminal justice system, and therefore I have decided to commute your sentence now.“, he added.

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Cuban immigrant Rogel Aguilera-Mederos was carrying wood in April 2019 when his brakes failed on a descent, without him using the emergency lane.

In its mad rush, his truck had caused a pile-up with 28 vehicles, killing four people and injuring several people.

Mr. Aguilera-Mederos had been found guilty of all 27 charges against him. The truck driver will be eligible to apply for parole from December 2026.

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