Attorney Statement for Rogel Aguilera-Mederos
Thursday, December 23, 2021, my legal team for Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, received and announcement from the Jefferson County District Attorney Alexis King's office that they will be seeking a reduced sentence of 20-30 years in his case.
Aguilera-Mederos was unjustly sentenced to 110 years in the accidental death of four people in a tragic I-70 accident when his brakes failed.
Here is my following statement that was issued the night of the release:
"Although we are glad to have the District Attorney acknowledge the unjust sentence that was handed to our client, this sentence is still not consistent with the precedent of prior similar cases throughout the state of Colorado and the entire country. We plan to move forward and to keep all options open in achieving Justice for Rogel, including the possibility of clemency from Governor Polis."
Nearly 5 million people have signed a petition asking for Aguilera-Mederos' sentence to be commuted or reduced. He has no criminal record, cooperated fully with investigators, and was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident. Mandatory minimum sentencing restrictions, however, do not allow for these factors to be considered when determining a sentence. Over 100 people attended a rally last week with Aguilera-Mederos' family, attorneys, and elected officials on Wednesday. The event acknowledged the tragic loss of life in 2019, but also called for justice for Rogel.