LULAC asks for sentence reduction or pardon for Houston truck driver, Rogel Aguilera Mederos, sentenced to 110 years

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – An Online petition has surpassed 3 million signatures after a Houston truck driver was sentenced to 110 consecutive years in prison for a 2019 fatal crash in Colorado.

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After an emotional trial in court on Monday, 26-year-old Rogel Aguilera-Mederos was sentenced to 110 consecutive years in prison.

Aguilera-Mederos was found guilty in connection with a fiery crash in April 2019 that left four people dead and others injured. Investigators say Aguilera-Mederos, 23 at the time of the incident, testified that he lost control of the pickup truck after it failed to brake on I-70 near Denver. According to court documents, the pickup truck then crashed into dozens of stopped vehicles on the interstate, causing an explosion.

Domingo Garcia, LULAC’s national president, said the civil rights group has sent a letter to Colorado governor, Jared Polis, on behalf of Aguilera-Mederos, asking for a pardon or reduced sentence.

“It was a grave failure of justice,” Garcia said.

An online petition has garnered millions of signatures urging Polis to grant clemency.

“He received 110 years in prison on his first offense when it was clearly an accident,” Garcia said. “It can happen to anyone. Your brakes broke. It wasn’t intentional. That’s not what he was trying to do.”

David Kwok, an associate professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center, said the judge in this case declared he was bound by Colorado law that requires a mandatory minimum sentence for violent crimes.

“In terms of value, it is difficult to say that this person or this defendant will be a continuing danger to human life for the next 100+ years,” Kwok said. “That being said, some people believe in deterrence and suggest that these large fines are needed to deter others who are thinking that I should be driving dangerously. It’s news, so you’re now aware of the fact that this can happen, and this may prevent others from being reckless about the way they drive.”

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