Relatives, lawmakers and other supporters of a truck driver who was sentenced to 110 years in prison after an explosion caused by a brake failure that killed four people marched on Wednesday in Denver to appeal for clemency. the driver.
Supporters of Rogel Aguilera-Mederos said the sentence was grossly unfair. Truck drivers across the country are taking up the case with hashtags like #NoTrucksToColorado and #NoTrucksColorado on social media.
Addressing demonstrators at a peaceful protest at the Colorado Capitol, Leonard Martinez, one of the attorneys representing Aguilera-Mederos, said the injustices surrounding such a long sentence need to be addressed, not only by reforming sentencing laws but also by looking at the actions of prosecutors and judges. .
“This struggle is not just for Maderos but for everyone,” he said.
A Colorado judge said the minimum sentence law must force him to serve a lengthy prison sentence after Aguilera-Mederos was convicted on murder with a vehicle and other charges.
The Aguilera-Mederos family said in a statement they did not want to play down the deaths of those killed in the crash but called on Colorado Governor Jared Polis to “take immediate action” to reduce the sentence for the 26-year-old driver who has no criminal record.
He was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol and was cooperating fully with investigators, Aguilera-Medros supporters said in a statement. More than 4.5 million people have signed an online petition seeking leniency for Aguilera-Mederos.
Polis, who is a member of the Democratic Party, said on Tuesday (21/12) he was reviewing the clemency application.
Prosecutors asked for a reconsideration of the sentence after the harsh condemnation, but they also said the driver refused to negotiate a plea agreement and the sentencing acknowledged the harm caused to the crash victim. District Attorney Alexis King on Tuesday filed a motion asking the judge to consider the matter urgently. [my/jm]