The commutation for Aguilera-Mederos was part of three commutations, 15 pardons and an executive order granting pardons for 1,351 convictions of possession of two ounces or less of marijuana.
Aguilera-Mederos testified that he was hauling lumber when the brakes on his semitrailer failed as he was descending a steep grade of Interstate 70 in the Rocky Mountain foothills on April 25, 2019. His truck plowed into vehicles that had slowed because of another wreck, setting off a chain-reaction wreck and a fireball that consumed vehicles and melted parts of the highway.
In his clemency letter Thursday, Colorado Governor Jared Polis said, “The crimes you were convicted of are serious. Four individuals lost their lives and others were seriously injured because of your bad decisions.”
He continued, “Though your actions have caused immense pain, I am encouraged by your personal reflection and the commercial vehicle safety changes that were made in the wake of this tragedy to ensure this type of event never happens again.”
As we reported, Kim Kardashian was made aware of the case after Rogel’s sentencing, and urged the Gov. to get involved to reduce his sentence.
Rogel will be eligible for parole in 2026.