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Colorado Governor Jared Polis has come under fire from two state district attorneys – a Democrat and a Republican – who said his abrupt switch from a truck driver convicted in a crash that killed four before for a judge to be weighed in could set a “troublesome precedent”. “, according to reports.

Polis commuted Rogel Aguilera-Mederos’ sentence for homicide while driving a vehicle to 10 years late last month after his mandatory 110-year sentence in December sparked national outrage that it did not fit the bill. crime. A motion was filed by the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office at the end of the month to have the sentence reconsidered and the case is still pending, FOX 31 in Denver reported.

Jefferson County District Attorney Alexis King had said she would recommend that her sentence be reduced to 20 to 30 years, KMGH-TV in Denver reported.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis reduced the 110-year prison sentence of Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, 26, to 10 years. He was sentenced in mid-December for a 2019 crash that left four people dead.
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It prompted Boulder and Mesa County District Attorneys Michael Dougherty and Daniel Rubinstein to write a letter to Polis, writing, “This sentence is far too low for someone who kills four people in the appallingly reckless way which Mr. Aguilera-Mederos has chosen to do As we look to the future, however, our greatest concern is that you have chosen to intervene in an ongoing matter, thereby undermining the integrity and trust that Colorados have in place in the justice system.

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Prosecutors said they had never heard of a governor intervening in an ongoing case before Polis, according to FOX 31.

Colorado governor slammed by 2 district attorneys for intervening in trucker’s conviction

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Workers clear debris from the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 on April 26, 2019 in Lakewood, Colorado following a fatal pile-up involving a tractor-trailer carrying lumber. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
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“Intervening before allowing the judge – who has heard all the witnesses, seen all the evidence and knows the case better than anyone – to exercise his statutory authority was unprecedented, premature and unwarranted,” they wrote.

They agreed, although the 110-year sentence was “far too high”.

Colorado governor slammed by 2 district attorneys for intervening in trucker’s conviction

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Governor Jared Polis delivers his State of the State Address at the Colorado State Capitol Building on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
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The governor’s office released a statement on Wednesday that the “bizarre” sentence had “undermined confidence in our criminal justice system” and it used its legal authority to “step in and fix it.”

The statement said that while some people wanted a full pardon for Aguilera-Mederos’, he felt that was not fair and made the decision based on how similar cases have been condemned.

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“The individual is guilty and serving his sentence,” his office said, according to KMGH. “There was clearly an urgency to address this sentence and restore confidence in the consistency and fairness of our criminal justice system. Letting the sentence fit the crime is a fundamental part of justice, and the Coloradians are relieved to know that the sentence now fits the crime in this case.”

Aguilera-Mederos was convicted last year for a 2019 accident in the Rockies after the brakes on his 18-wheeler failed, causing him to hit more than 2 dozen stopped vehicles, killing four people. The fact that he accelerated and drove recklessly before the accident, that his brakes had already given him problems, he turned off safety monitors and manipulated driving logs and in no way warned drivers while he was coming down the hill. his conviction on 27 counts, according to FOX 31.

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