Truck driver Rogel Aguilera sentenced to 110 years in prison for fatal accident Kim Potter
Happening in Lakewood, Colorado, a truck driver has been convicted of crashing into traffic on Interstate 70, Denver, with fatal consequences for 4 people.
He was sentenced to 110 years in prison as Rogel Aguilera, according to Colorado Department of Justice spokesperson Rob McCallum.
Rogel Aguilera Medeiros is 26 years old, he was driving a semi-trailer in April 2019, traveling at 85mph.
When his brakes failed, Rogel told investigators at the time, he tried to avoid traffic, but almost stopped another half already, according to an arrest affidavit.
As the Lakewood Police Department said in the meantime about the accident, it led to a severe fire collision that consisted of 28 cars, resulting in four deaths.
Aguilera Medeiros was indicted in October 2021 and convicted of motor vehicle murder, among 23 other counts, according to the Colorado First District Attorney’s Office.
— The other 23 charges include 6 counts of first-degree assault, which is extreme indifference.
* In addition to 10 counts of attempted assault of the first degree – also with extreme indifference.
* And 2 counts of vehicle assault – meaning reckless.
*Charge 1 for reckless driving.
* Finally, 4 other charges related to reckless driving, which causes death.
As such, McCallum said, Aguilera Medeiros has been sentenced to the minimum available for all charges, totaling 110 years in prison.
This was said during Monday’s sentencing hearing, as a Colorado District Court Judge, A. Bruce Jones is obligated to meet the mandatory minimum penalty laws established in the state.
Attorney James Colgan, Aguilera Medeiros’ attorney, said there would be an appeal of the facts and errors made in the trial, and Colgan said Aguilera did not deserve to die in prison. He also said, “There must be a change in the law.”