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Widow Whose Husband Was Killed In Truck Crash Doesn't Agree With Driver's 110-Year-Sentence

Rebecca Shepherd

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Widow Whose Husband Was Killed In Truck Crash Doesn't Agree With Driver's 110-Year-Sentence

A woman whose husband was killed in a Colorado truck pileup doesn't agree with the lorry driver's 110 year jail sentence.

Kathleen Harrison, who lost her husband of 26 years in the fatal crash, testified during Rogel Aguilera-Mederos' trial.

During her emotional evidence, she explained how she thought the 26-year-old should be given 20 years for the series of missteps which left four people dead including her partner, Doyle.

Kathleen and Doyle. Credit: Tabor Funeral Home
Kathleen and Doyle. Credit: Tabor Funeral Home

While she believed the sentence should have been shorter, Mrs Harrison has hit out at those getting involved in the case, such as Kim Kardashian.

The 41-year-old celebrity, who is training to become a lawyer in California, took to social media to call for the driver to have his sentenced reduced.

But Kathleen hit back saying: "I don't think that we want our local proceedings in any state taken over by who has the loudest mouth out there, because people don't know all the details, they are running on emotion."

Aguilera-Mederos told police he lost control of the truck's brakes before passing through a runaway truck ramp and crashing into lined-up traffic, causing a deadly explosion.

At trial he was found guilty on 42 counts, including vehicular homicide, first-degree-assault and careless driving - and was sentenced to 110 years in prison with Judge A Bruce Jones said his hands were tied when it came to sentencing as the state has mandatory minimum sentencing laws. 

Following the sentencing hearing, over 4.8 million people signed a petition to grant clemency - the ability to give a person convicted of a criminal offence relief in the form of lowering the harshness of the punishment.

Four people were killed. Credit: Denver7
Four people were killed. Credit: Denver7
Rogel Aguilera-Mederos. Credit: KDVR
Rogel Aguilera-Mederos. Credit: KDVR

Before being sentenced, Aguilera-Mederos broke down in tears and pleaded with the judge for leniency. He said: "I'm dying. It is hard to live with this trauma. I can't sleep. I'm thinking all [the time] about the victims. 

“This was a terrible accident, I know. I take the responsibility, but it was an accident.

"I have never thought about hurting anyone in my entire life and Jesus Christ, he knows that, he knows my heart. I am not a criminal, I am not a murderer.”

Featured Image Credit: Tabor Funeral Home

Topics: News, US News, Crime

Rebecca Shepherd
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