Kim Kardashian has backed calls for clemency for a truck driver sentenced to 110 years in prison for a 2019 accident that killed four people.
On Tuesday, Dec. 21, Kardashian highlighted the case of Cuban immigrant Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos, who was found guilty of 27 counts, including driving homicide, for a fatal car accident in the Colorado on April 25, 2019.
Aguilera-Mederos, who was 23 at the time, was driving a semi-truck on a Denver freeway when his vehicle’s brakes failed. The semi-truck rammed two dozen cars, causing a huge explosion and killing four commuters stuck in rush hour traffic.
On December 13, Aguilera-Mederos was sentenced to a lengthy sentence by Judge A Bruce Jones.
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In a series of Instagram Stories, Kardashian publicly backed the growing calls for Governor Jared Polis to grant the 26-year-old clemency or commute his sentence.
She said she had “dipped deep” into the Aguilera-Medero case, which has garnered national and international attention, to “understand what the situation is.”
Kardashian wrote: “He [Aguilera-Mederos} was not drunk or under the influence [at the time of the crash]. His brakes on the semi-trailer failed.
Another “unfair” part of this trial, Kardashian told her 271 million followers, was that Judge Jones did not want to give Aguilera-Mederos such a harsh sentence.
She continued, “However, because of mandatory minimum sentences in Colorado, his hands were tied.”
The Independent reported that Judge Jones had no other choice due to the number of charges on which Aguilera-Medero was found guilty by a jury on October 15 of this year and the rules of state law. In Colorado, each count must be served consecutively rather than simultaneously.
Kardashian, who recently passed California’s freshman law student exam (or the “baby bar”), said, “Mandatory minimum sentences take away judicial discretion and must stop.”
The 41-year-old is currently studying to become a lawyer and has become a strong advocate for prison reform in the United States.
In an Instagram Story, Kardashian also drew attention to a “shocking” Facebook post from the prosecutor in the Aguilera-Mederos case.
Jefferson County Assistant District Attorney Kayla Wildeman shared a photo of a “trophy” — a brake shoe from a tractor-trailer with the case number and her name printed on a sign — that she received from her trial partner as a gift for securing the 110-year prison term.
Kardashian slammed Ms Wildeman’s social media post, writing, “Four people have died in this tragic accident. Rogel has a life sentence for the accident, which will not only destroy his life, but also impact the lives of his wife and son.
“And yet, for some reason the prosecutor thought it would be fun to post a photo of a brake shoe trophy received from a colleague with a plaque? It makes me sick,” Kardashian said.
Ms Wildeman’s post has since been deleted.
A Change.org petition urging Governor Polis to commute Aguilera-Mederos’ sentence or grant him clemency has been signed more than 4.6 million times, making it the third largest petition in 2021.
It was first created in 2019 by Heather Giblee, who called for the trucking company to be held responsible rather than Aguilera-Mederos. He received wide attention after the sentencing last week.
The petitioner posted an update on the case late Tuesday evening.
“The District Attorney has filed a motion seeking a sentencing review in this case, and it is scheduled for Monday (December 27),” Giblee wrote. “Polis has also received the leniency application and it is being reviewed by its legal team. Polis’ office said it would make an announcement when it has a decision.
Kardashian’s final Instagram story on the matter read, “I pray that Governor Polis, who has been a leader in supporting reforms that enhance human dignity in the legal system, will commute his sentence.”
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