Prosecutors to release new information in deadly Colorado crash case
Prosecutors who charged Colorado truck driver who killed four in fiery crash vow to release NEW information they claim they were ‘ethically prohibited’ from doing during trial after Governor commuted his sentence from 110 years to 10
- Rogel Aguilera-Mederos’ prosecutors will release more information about his deadly 2019 crash after Governor Jared Polis granted him clemency
- Aguilera-Mederos, 26, caused a two-dozen car pile-up that ended in a fireball explosion and killed four people in April 2019
- He was convicted and sentenced to 110 years on December 13, which was later reduced to 10 years by Polis
- Aguilera-Mederos’ lawyers are now calling it a ‘political move’
- It is unknown when the information will be released to the public
Published: 19:41, 1 January 2022 | Updated: 02:01, 2 January 2022
Colorado prosecutors vowed to release previously undisclosed information about a truck driver involved in a deadly crash who is now at the center of a controversial clemency granted by Governor Jared Polis, commuting the convict’s 110-year sentence to just 10 years.
Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, 26, was sentenced on Dec.
13 to 110 years after being found guilty on 27 counts when his breaks failed in an April 2019 crash that caused a mass pile-up and resulted in a fireball explosion that killed four people.
In a rare move, Polis, 46, granted Aguilera-Mederos clemency before the appellate process began after his sentence was met with widespread public backlash, including from the likes of Kim Kardashian.
‘After learning about the highly atypical and unjust sentence in your case, I am commuting your sentence to 10 years and granting you parole eligibility on December 30, 2026,’ Polis said on Thursday.
Jefferson County District Attorney Alexis King, who prosecuted the case, said on his office will release information that was ‘ethically prohibited’ while the case ‘was pending.’
Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, 26, caused a two-dozen car pile-up in April 2019 after his semi-truck breaks failed, which resulted in a fireball explosion that killed four people
Colorado Gov Jared Polis (pictured) said the ‘atypical’ sentence was ‘unjust
It is unclear when the information will be released to the public.
DailyMail.com reached out to the Colorado AG’s Office for a comment.
The court has not officially vacated the hearing to reconsider the original sentence, which is set for Jan.
13, but Mederos’ attorney said they expect the judge to do so next week.
Aguilera-Mederos’ attorneys said it doesn’t ‘matter’ what is disclosed now that he has been granted clemency and that it’s was ‘politically’ motivated.
‘It wouldn’t matter what she disclosed now,’ James Colgan told ABC News.
‘I’m not aware of any law that allows [the DA’s office] to have jurisdiction over the case.’
Colgan said he did not know what information would be released.
Leonard Martinez, Aguilera-Mederos’ other attorney, said the driver was ‘shocked’ and ‘grateful’ after receiving clemency from the governor.
Aguilera-Mederos was driving a semi-truck on April 25, 2019, along Interstate 70 in Lakewood, Colorado, when he slammed into two dozen vehicles.
The impact caused a fireball explosion that incinerated cars and trucks, killing four people and injuring several others.
Aguilera-Mederos testified that the brakes on his semitrailer failed as he was descending a steep grade of Interstate 70 in the Rocky Mountain foothills.
His defense attorney claimed he did not know that his truck brakes were smoking or that he would not be able to stop.
He also argued that Aguilera-Mederos’ actions were a series of negligent decisions, and that he did not intend to hurt anybody.
But 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.
On October 15, a jury ultimately found Aguilera-Mederos guilty of 27 criminal charges.
The impact caused a fireball explosion that incinerated cars and trucks, killing four people and injuring several others. Aguilera-Mederos testified that the brakes on his semitrailer failed as he was descending a steep grade of Interstate 70 in the Rocky Mountain foothills
On December 13, he was given the excessive sentence – one the judge said he would not given if he had the choice.
Due to state minimums, the judge’s hands were tied.
Aguilera-Mederos issued a statement apologizing to the victims’ families, crying as he spoke on December 13: ‘It’s hard. This was a terrible accident, I know.
I take the responsibility, but it was an accident.
‘I have never thought about hurting anyone in my entire life and Jesus Christ, he knows that, he knows my heart,’ he continued.
‘I am not a criminal, I am not a murderer.
‘The accident – it wasn’t intentional, it wasn’t intentional, Your Honor. I did all that I can as a man. I put myself in harm’s way to avoid harming anyone else.’
He claimed that he tried to avoid the traffic, and noted that he did not flee in the aftermath ‘because I respect the laws.
‘I want to say sorry, sorry for the loss, sorry for the people injured,’ he concluded, noting: ‘I ask…God many times why them and not me.’
Relatives of the victims supported at least some prison time at his sentencing hearing, but in the statement last week, King said she and her team had spoken to the surviving victims of the crash and the families of those who died about the possibility of Aguilera-Mederos being resentenced before she issued her request.
His case received wide-spread public backlash and celebrity appeal.
Kardashian, who is studying law, had called for a lesser sentence for Aguilera-Mederos.
She posted on Instagram to her 271 million followers that she had heard about the case and ‘took a deep dive in it to figure out what the situation is.’
She continued: ‘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.
The explosion was so big, it created a large plume of smoke to form over the highway
After the explosion, Aguilera-Mederos was convicted of 27 charges
‘However, because of the mandatory minimums in Colorado, his hands were tied.
‘Mandatory minimums take away judicial discretion and need to end.’
Kardashian also condemned the gleeful celebrations of the prosecutors, saying their gift of a brake shoe trophy made her ‘sick’.
She added that the governor, Jared Polis, ‘is a really good person and I know he will do the right thing.’
Besides Kardashian’s support, millions signed a petition to lower his sentence.
‘Rogel is very grateful for all the support he’s gotten not only locally, but nationally.
He’s humbled by it,’ Martinez said.
The decision on Rogel Aguilera-Mederos’ sentence was among several year-end commutations and pardons issued by Polis.