Widow of Colorado truck crash victim slams Kim Kardashian
Widow whose husband was killed in Colorado truck crash blasts ‘loudmouth’ Kim Kardashian’s calls for killer driver to be granted clemency and says 110 year sentence for killing spouse should be reduced to 20 years
- Kathleen Harrison, who lost her husband of 26 year, Doyle, in April 2019 pileup crash in Colorado, hit out at Kim Kardashian for supporting killer driver
- Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, 26, was sentenced to 110 years in prison under Colorado’s mandatory minimum law
- Politicians and activists, including Kardashian, have been calling on Gov Jared Polis to commute Aguilera-Mederos’ sentence, or grant him clemency
- Kardashian wrote to her 270million Instagram followers that the sentence was ‘unfair’ and appealed to Polis for mercy
- Doyle Harrison’s widow slammed Kardashian, saying: ‘I don’t think that we want our local proceedings in any state taken over by who has the loudest mouth…’
- Denver prosecutors who filed initial charges asked the court to reconsider Aguilera-Mederos’ sentence
Published: 16:51, 23 December 2021 | Updated: 18:28, 23 December 2021
The widow of a Colorado man who was killed in a fiery pileup crash caused by a truck driver has hit out at Kim Kardashian for demanding clemency for her husband’s killer, calling the socialite a loudmouth.
Kardashian, 41, who is training to become a lawyer in California and has been active in the criminal justice reform movement, this week took to social media to call for Rogel Aguilera-Mederos’ mandatory minimum sentence of 110 years in prison to be reduced over the April 2019 crash in which his brakes failed and he plowed into stalled traffic, killing four people.
But not everyone thinks that the former Keeping Up With The Kardashians star – who passed her baby bar exam on the fourth attempt- should wade into this thorny legal matter.
Kathleen Harrison, who lost her husband of 26 years, Doyle Harrison, in the collision, had some harsh words for the glamorous influencer.
‘I don’t think that we want our local proceedings in any state taken over by who has the loudest mouth out there, because people don’t know all the details, they are running on emotion,’ said the mom-of-three widow, referring to Kardashian.
Kathleen, who delivered an emotional testimony during Aguilera-Mederos’ trial, says she believes the driver deserves a sentence of 20 years in prison for committing a series of missteps that resulted in the deadly crash.
The sentence sparked widespread shock and fury, prompting more than 4.8million people to sign a petition on Change.org calling on Colorado Gov Jared Polis to commute Aguilera-Mederos’ sentence to time served, or grant him clemency.
Kardashian, who has close to 380million followers across Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, earlier this week threw her support behind the convicted driver, tweeting: ‘Colorado law really has to be changed and this is so unfair. @GovofCO is a really good person and I know he will do the right thing.’
Kathleen Harrison, who lost her husband of 26 year, Doyle (pictured together, left), in an April 2019 pileup crash in Colorado, has hit out at Kim Kardashian for supporting the truck driver who killed her husband
Semi-truck driver Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, 26, has been convicted of 27 counts of causing a deadly pileup crash in 2019 and sentenced last week to 110 years in prison
Aguilera-Mederos was hauling lumber in April 2019 when his breaks failed and he slammed into stalled traffic, killing four people
Kim Kardashian speaks alongside US President Donald Trump during a second chance hiring and criminal justice reform event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 13, 2019
Rogel’s attorney, Leonard Martinez, told TMZ that he and his client are aware of Kardashian’s support, and are grateful that the celebrity has used her considerable clout to speak out in Aguilera-Mederos’ defense.
Aguilera-Mederos, 26, a Cuban immigrant, was transporting timber in the mountainous western state of Colorado in April 2019 when his brakes stopped working on a downhill stretch and he failed to use an emergency exit ramp.
Instead, the truck slammed into stalled traffic, causing a fiery 28-car pileup that killed four people and injured six others.
Doyle Harrison, 61, a married father-of-three, was in his way home from work when the crash happened. He was among four people who were killed
Prosecutors argued he should have used a runaway ramp designed for such situations. Aguilera-Mederos, for his part, said he was struggling to avoid traffic and trying to shift to slow down.
Aguilera-Mederos was found guilty by a jury on 27 counts including multiple vehicular homicides, and last week a judge handed down the 110-year sentence, which he said was the mandatory minimum under Colorado law, which requires a defendant to serve consecutive, rather than concurrent, sentences.
At his December 13 sentencing, Aguilera-Mederos sobbed in court as he apologized to the victims’ families.
Aguilera-Mederos is a Cuban immigrant with no prior criminal history. During his sentencing on December 13, he tearfully apologized to the victims of the crash but said he was not a murderer
More than 4,8million people have signed an online petition, calling for a sentence commutation or a clemency for Aguilera-Mederos
‘I am not a murderer. I am not a killer.
When I look at my charges, we are talking about a murderer, which is not me,’ he said. ‘I have never thought about hurting anybody in my entire life.’
The chain-reaction crash killed Harrison, 61, a married dad-of-three at a longtime Jefferson County worker; 24-year-old Miguel Angel Lamas Arellano; 67-year-old William Bailey and 69-year-old Stanley Politano.
Relatives of victims supported at least some prison time at his sentencing hearing.
District Court Judge Bruce Jones explained that mandatory minimum sentencing laws required consecutive sentences on 27 counts of vehicular assault, assault, reckless driving and other charges.
‘I will state that if I had the discretion, it would not be my sentence,’ the judge said.
Kardashian on Tuesday took to Instagram, where she has more than 270million, and posted about Aguilera-Mederos’ case, arguing that its outcome was ‘unfair
Kardashian, 41, who is an aspiring attorney, called on Gov Jared Polis to commute Aguilera-Mederos’ sentence
Kardashian, who has used her public standing to help free more than a dozen federal prisoners, weighed it on Aguilera-Mederos’ case on Instagram on Tuesday, writing in a series of posts that she ‘took a deep dive in it to figure out what the situation is.’
She wrote: ‘He was not drunk or under the influence; his brakes on the tractor-trailer failed.
‘Another shocking and unfair part of this case is that the judge didn’t want to sentence him to such a lengthy sentence.
‘However, because of the mandatory minimums in Colorado, his hands were tied.
In another post, Kardashian slammed prosecutor Kayla Wildeman for boasting online about receiving this trophy made out of a brake shoe celebrating Aguilera-Mederos’ conviction
‘Mandatory minimums take away judicial discretion and need to end.’
Kardashian also railed against state prosecutor Kayla Wildeman, 27, for bragging about Aguilera-Mederos’ conviction and showing off a trophy made out of a truck brake pad commemorating the prosecutors’ ‘success.’
In a Facebook post that has since been deleted, Wildeman shared a photo of the trophy with her name on it, and praised her fellow deputy DA for gifting it to her.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis is considering clemency for Aguilera-Mederos
‘Get yourself a trial partner as great as Trevor Moritzky,’ she gushed. ”He turned a brake shoe from a semi-truck into a memento.
‘What a special gift from truly a special person.’
King, Moritzky and Wildeman’s boss, said the post ‘was in very poor taste and does not reflect the values of my administration.’
On Wednesday, relatives, lawmakers and supporters staged a rally at the state Capitol in Denver, demanding that Aguilera-Mederos’ sentence be reduced.
His family said in a statement they do not want to minimize the loss of those killed in the crash, but are calling on Gov.
Polis to ‘take immediate action’ to reduce the sentence for the 26-year-old man with no criminal record.
He was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol and fully cooperated with investigators, supporters said in a statement.
Polis, a Democrat, said Tuesday his office has received a clemency application and is reviewing it.
An emotional Oslaida Mederos, center, speaks to members of the media during an impromptu press conference for members of the press after a rally on the west steps of the state capitol Wednesday
People hold signs in support of Aguilera-Mederos during a rally in Denver on Wednesday
Separately, the prosecutors who pursued the initial charges against Aguilera-Mederos last Friday filed a motion for the court to consider reducing his sentence.
‘As Colorado law required the imposition of the sentence in this case, the law also permits the court to reconsider its sentence in an exceptional case involving unusual and extenuating circumstances,’ said the motion filed by district attorney Alexis King.
A hearing has been scheduled to discuss the reconsideration request on Monday.
In a statement Wednesday, King said the victims and their families want to be heard as the resentencing request is considered.
‘Our primary concern is ensuring that they are able to share with the court how this incident has impacted their lives as the court considers the appropriate sentence and follows the process set forth in the law,’ said King, who asked for patience from those seeking an immediate resolution.
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