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'opportunity' Truck driver’s 110 year sentence for vehicular homicide reduced after appeal by Kim Kardashian

Rogel Aguilera-Mederos was handed down the 110 year jail term as a result of mandatory sentencing rules

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A truck driver’s 110 year prison sentence for 27 charges including multiple vehicular homicides has been reduced significantly after Kim Kardashian appealed to the Governor of Colorado.

Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, a Cuban immigrant, was handed down the 110 year jail term as a result of mandatory sentencing rules in the US state of Colorado.

In 2019, Aguilera-Mederos was transporting timber when his brakes failed on a downhill stretch, and he failed to use an emergency exit ramp.

The out-of-control truck ploughed into traffic resulting in the death of four people, with many others left injured.

Kim Kardashian was one of 4.5 million people who petitioned for the sentence to be reduced.

This week, Colorado Governor Jared Polis issued an executive order to cut 100 years off his jail term, leaving him eligible for parole in 5 years time.

In a letter written to Aguilera-Mederos he wrote: "The length of your 110-year sentence is simply not commensurate with your actions, nor with penalties handed down to others for similar crimes.

"There is an urgency to remedy this unjust sentence and restore confidence in the uniformity and fairness of our criminal justice system, and consequently I have chosen to commute your sentence now."

Celebrating the news, Kim Kardashian thanked Polis for giving Aguilera-Mederos the “opportunity to come home in five years and be with his son and wife.”

“This case was a clear example of why mandatory minimums don’t work and need to be abolished. I’m grateful to Governor Polis for his empathy and leadership on this case.”

However, the news was not welcomed by everyone.

A survivor of the crash, Valerie Robertson-Young, told CNN that she would like to see him serve 50 years.

Describing the incident she said the truck was approaching traffic “way too fast”

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“He didn’t have the lights on, he didn’t have his flashers on, he wasn’t honking to notify or let anyone know he was coming.”

Robertson-Young claims that Aguilera-Mederos approached her after the crash and asked to use her phone claiming that he needed to call his friend to get out away from the scene as he told he would “go to jail.”

She also claimed that she was taking pictures of him as he ran off the highway as he was “knocking on cars” trying to get away.

“Innocent people don’t try to run away,” she said, explaining why she wanted him to serve 50 years.

“He chose to hit traffic.”

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