State Repression

Rogel Aguilera-Mederos: Colorado lorry driver’s sentence sparks uproar

BBC News

“If I had the discretion, it would not be my sentence,” the judge said after Rogel Aguilera-Mederos was convicted.

His lorry had ploughed into traffic on a mountain road in Colorado in April 2019, killing four people.

Convicted on 27 counts, the 26-year-old was handed a 110-year prison term the judge said he was forced to impose.

The sentence sparked uproar. Some 4.5 million have signed a petition on Change.org asking for clemency and Kim Kardashian weighed in on social media.

She posted on Twitter calling on Colorado’s governor to “do the right thing”.

One anonymous juror in the case told the local Fox station “I cried my eyes out”, after the sentencing.

Governor Jared Polis says his office is reviewing the case, and the district attorney has asked the court to reconsider the sentence.

Truck drivers announced on social media they would boycott Colorado after the ruling.

‘Losing faith in America’s justice system’

Aguilera-Mederos was transporting lumber in the Rocky Mountains foothills when the deadly crash took place.

The lorry careened downhill into stationary traffic, bursting into flames and causing a major pile up.

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