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A Colorado district attorney is asking a court to reconsider the 110-year prison sentence of Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, a 26-year-old truck driver from Cuba convicted in October of vehicular homicide and other charges related to a deadly crash in April 2019. Aguilera-Mederos has said the brakes on his semi-trailer failed when driving downhill, leading to a multi-vehicle pileup that killed four people. At his sentencing hearing last week, Aguilera-Mederos pleaded with the judge to forgive him.
Rogel Aguilera-Mederos: “I want to say sorry, sorry for the loss, sorry for the people injured. I know they have trauma. I know. I feel that. But, please, don’t be angry with me, please.”
A petition asking Colorado’s governor to grant Aguilera-Mederos clemency or a lesser sentence has gathered over 4.6 million signatures. Meanwhile, many truck drivers say they’re boycotting Colorado in protest of the sentence. Supporters are also calling on the trucking company to be held liable for the crash and the vehicle’s failure.
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