Colorado governor slashes trucker’s prison term to 10 years

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Colorado Governor Jared Polis has reduced the prison sentence of a truck driver convicted in a fatal explosive accident to 10 years, significantly reducing his original 110-year term that sparked widespread outrage.

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The decision on the sentencing of Roselle Aguilera-Maderos came amid several years of commutation and pardon issued by the police.

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The move comes days after a judge set it for hearing next month to reconsider the sentence at a request from the district attorney, who had planned to ask that it be reduced to 20 to 30 years.

Nearly 5 million people signed an online petition demanding clemency for Aguilera-Maderos, who was convicted of vehicular manslaughter and other charges in the explosive pile-up that killed four people in 2019.

Aguilera-Maderos testified that he was carrying wood when the brakes on his semitrailer failed when he was descending a steep grade from Interstate 70 in the Rocky Mountain foothills.

His truck rammed into vehicles that had slowed due to another wreck, a chain-reaction accident and a fireball that devoured vehicles and molten sections of the highway.

Judge Bruce Jones sentenced him to 110 years on December 13, noting that it would not be his choice, noting that it was the minimum term mandated under state law.

Prosecutors had argued that as Aguilera-Maderos’ truck slid down the mountains, he could have used a runaway ramp along the interstate that was designed to safely stop vehicles that had lost their brakes. .

The mishap killed 24-year-old Miguel Angel Lamas Arellano, 67-year-old William Bailey, 61-year-old Doyle Harrison and 69-year-old Stanley Politano.

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