Did Kim Kardashian get Rogel Aguilera-Mederos's sentence reduced? Star thanks Jared Polis
'This case was a clear example of why mandatory minimums don’t work and need to be abolished,' Kim Kardashian said
Kim Kardashian has thanked Colorado Governor Jared Polis for significantly reducing a 26-year-old truck driver Rogel Aguilera-Mederos' 110-year jail term. Following a car collision that killed four in Colorado in 2019, Aguilera-Mederos received severe punishment for vehicular homicides. Governor Jared Polis lowered this to ten years on Thursday, December 30.
Kardashian wrote on her Instagram story, “Thank you to @govofco for taking action to reduce Mr Aguilera-Mederos sentence! 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.” After an uproar from family and activists, the truck driver's sentence was reduced.
The governor said in a commutation letter to Aguilera-Mederos, "the length of your 110-year sentence is simply not commensurate with your actions, nor with penalties handed down to others for similar crimes. There is an urgency to remedy this unjust sentence and restore confidence in the uniformity and fairness of our criminal justice system, and consequently, I have chosen to commute your sentence now."
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.— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) December 30, 2021
In court testimony, the truck driver claimed that the brakes on his semitrailer, which he was transporting lumber in, failed on Interstate 70 in Lakewood, Colorado, caused the truck to careen into vehicles ahead, resulting in an explosive pileup in which four people were killed and six others were injured. Miguel Angel Lamas Arellano, 24, William Bailey, 67, Doyle Harrison, 61, and Stanley Politano, 69, were killed in the collision. Polis stated, "I am writing to inform you that I am granting your application for a commutation, after learning about the highly atypical and unjust sentence in your case, I am commuting your sentence to 10 years and granting you parole eligibility on December 30, 2026."
Kardashian went on to say that Governor Polis' decision to offer 1,351 pardons for marijuana possession convictions was “the right thing to do”. “I LOVE THIS! Considering marijuana is now legal in Colorado,” she added. Kardashian previously collaborated with federal officials on the release of Alice Marie Johnson, who was pardoned in 2018 after serving a life sentence for misdemeanor drug charges in 1996.
Gov Jared Polis @govofco also announced that he has granted 3 commutations, 15 individual pardons & has signed an Executive Order granting 1,351 pardons for convictions of possession of 2ounces or less of marijuana. Marijuana is legal in Colorado, it’s the right thing to do! 👏🏼— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) December 31, 2021