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Kim Kardashian thanked Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday after he reduced the sentence of truck driver Rogel Aguilera-Mederos to 10 years from 110 years in connection with a deadly 2019 crash.
Kardashian, 41, who has been outspoken over criminal justice reform, took to Instagram Stories to show her gratitude to the governor for his actions in the case, that was the focus of national attention.
'Thank you @Govofco for taking action to reduce Mr. Aguilera-Mederos sentence!' Kardashian said. 'While his new sentence is 10 years, he will now have an opportunity to come home in five years and be with his son and wife.'
Kardashian said that 'this case was a clear example of why mandatory minimums don’t work and need to be abolished,' adding that she was 'grateful to Governor Polis for his empathy and leadership on this case.'
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.'
Colorado Governor reduces 110-year sentence to 10
Colorado Governor Jared Polis has reduced the 110-year sentence of Rogel Aguilera-Mederos to just ten years after widespread pressure and public outcry from Kim Kardashian.
On Thursday, Gov. Polis commuted the prison sentence of Aguilera-Mederos, who was working as a truck driver at the time of the fatal accident, calling the lengthy penalty for a fatal roadway accident 'unjust.'
'You were sentenced to 110 years in prison, effectively more than a life sentence, for a tragic but unintentional act,' Polis wrote in a letter.
'While you are not blameless, your sentence is disproportionate compared with many other inmates in our criminal justice system who committed intentional, premeditated, or violent crimes.'
Aguilera-Mederos' harsh sentence on December 13 drew criticism among millions of people - including a juror who had found him guilty, and Kardashian - who has remained vocal in her criticism with the sentencing.
Kardashian took to Twitter Thursday after learning of the news of Aguilera-Mederos clemency, having advocated on his behalf in the past.
She thanked Governor Polis for granting the 26-year-old a commutation for the fatal car accident that left four people dead earlier this year.
Meanwhile, a petition on Change.org had 4.5 million signatures as of Thursday night, in favor of commuting his sentence to time served.
The public outcry prompted First Judicial District Attorney Alexis King, whose office prosecuted the case, to request that the judge reconsider Aguilera-Mederos' sentence.
First Judicial District Court Judge Bruce Jones ultimately granted the request while scheduling a January 13 sentencing hearing, though that hearing is unlikely to occur now following this week's commutation.
But not everyone was in support of lowering his sentence.
Valerie Robertson Young, who was one of the survivors of the deadly 2019 crash, does not believe a district court judge should lessen Aguilera-Mederos' sentence.
'He chose to hit traffic,' she told CNN.
Aguilera-Mederos, was driving a semi-truck on April 25, 2019, along Interstate 70 in Lakewood, Colorado, when he slammed into two dozen vehicles.
Kardashian, who is studying law, had called for a lesser sentence for Aguilera-Mederos.
The impact caused a fireball explosion that incinerated cars and trucks, killing four people. He was sentenced to 110 years. The impact caused a fireball explosion that incinerated cars and trucks, killing four people.
She posted on Instagram to her 271 million followers that she had heard about the case and 'took a deep dive in it to figure out what the situation is.'
She continued: 'He was not drunk or under the influence; his brakes on the tractor-trailer failed.
'Another shocking and unfair part of this case is that the judge didn't want to sentence him to such a lengthy sentence.
'However, because of the mandatory minimums in Colorado, his hands were tied.