Judge Will Reconsider 110-year Sentence For Truck Driver In Fatal Crash

The fight for justice for Rogel Aguilera-Mederos continues.

Jefferson County District Attorney Alexis King appeared in court on December 27 to ask a judge to reconsider the sentence of the 26-year-old, who received 110 years in prison as a result of mandatory minimum sentences related to a catastrophic 2019 semitrailer crash. Aguilera-Mederos was driving the truck, but the crash was not determined to be his fault. Rather, it was the result of mechanical failure.

Since news of the steep sentence has gone viral, many have called for a more reasonable punishment for the crime. The DA asked the judge to reduce to sentence to 20 to 30 years instead. Judge A. Bruce Jones questioned how much discretion he has in the resentencing, but agreed to a reconsideration hearing.

During the original sentencing, the judge expressed his discomfort with the length of the sentence.

"If I had the discretion, it would not be my sentence," he said.

At the December 27 hearing, he expressed new concerns.

"I'm concerned about turning this thing into a circus and it will not be a circus, as far as I'm concerned," he shared.

"Any outbursts will result in the immediate removal of that person from the courtroom."

The judge said he will not hear from anyone on the defense side, but he is willing to hear from victims impacted by the crash if they feel comfortable speaking out.

"I'll hear them out if they want to speak to me," he said. "They don't have to put themselves through that stress again."

The resentencing hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 13.

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