Killer truck driver has 110 year sentence slashed to 10 after 5m sign petition

A truck driver jailed for 110 years following a crash that killed four people will now serve just 10 following a campaign backed by Kim Kardashian.

Rogel Aguilera-Mederos was sentenced to 110 years behind bars after a truck he was driving in April 2019 ploughed into dozens of vehicles, setting off a chain-reaction wreck and a fireball that melted parts of the highway and killed four people.

The 26-year-old had been hauling lumber in the Rocky Mountain foothills of Lakewood, Colorado, USA, when the breaks on his 18-wheeler truck failed.

The court heard that vehicles in front had slowed down ahead of another wreck further up the highway.

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Aguilera-Mederos was found guilty of four counts of vehicular homicide and 23 other charges related to the deadly crash in Jefferson County Court in December.

Aguilera-Mederos wept in court, saying: “When I look at my charges, we are talking about a murderer, which is not me. I have never thought about hurting anybody in my entire life.”

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The tough sentencing — which followed the mandatory-minimum sentencing laws in the state — sparked public outcry and triggered a campaign calling for his sentence to be reduced.

Five million people signed a petition calling for clemency and the campaign was even backed by reality star Kim Kardashian, who claimed his case was a "clear example' of why mandatory minimum sentences should be abolished".

On December 30, Colorado Governor Jared Polis reduced Aguilera-Mederos' sentence by 100 years. He will now also be eligible for parole on December 30, 2026.

"The length of your 110-year sentence is simply not commensurate with your actions, nor with penalties handed down to others for similar crimes," Governor Polis wrote in the clemency letter.

Kim Kardashian thanked the Governor of Colorado for drastically reducing the sentence.

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The 41-year-old, who recently passed her 'baby bar' exams on her fourth attempt, said: "Thank you to @govofco for taking action to reduce Mr Aguilera-Mederos sentence!” Kardashian wrote on her Instagram story.

“While his new sentence is ten years, he will now have an 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.”

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