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Posted on: December 23, 2021

Hearing in Aguilera-Mederos sentencing set for Monday

GOLDEN, Colo. (Dec. 23, 2021) – The First Judicial District Court (Gilpin/Jefferson) will hold a hearing Monday, Dec. 27, to rule on the People’s request to address the DA’s request to reconsider the sentence of Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos – a process provided by law, contemplated by the People prior to the initial sentencing, and discussed with the court at the time of initial sentencing.

First Judicial District Attorney Alexis King issued the following statement:

“Based on the facts of this case and input from the victims and their families, my office will be asking the court to consider a sentencing range of 20-30 years when the Court is prepared to address resentencing. As the jury found, Mr. Aguilera-Mederos knowingly made multiple active choices that resulted in the death of four people, serious injuries to others, and mass destruction. This sentencing range reflects an appropriate outcome for that conduct, which was not an accident. Given that the victims in this case have more than one view of an appropriate outcome, and this trial court heard the evidence presented, we believe that this hearing is the best path to securing justice for everyone involved.

Our team has connected with defense counsel and will continue to do so as both parties prepare for this resentencing opportunity. We have also been working with the Governor’s Office to ensure that the victims and their loved ones are heard both in this process and the pending clemency application with the Governor.  We are grateful for the coordination with the Governor’s office and thank the Department of Corrections for expediting the required evaluation report for resentencing.

As I have in the past, I continue to support the efforts of the Governor’s Sentencing Reform Task Force. Criminal justice reform, including sentencing reform, is a priority of my administration for safer and healthier communities for all. I have been in discussions with the co-chair of the task force and have encouraged him to continue their efforts to address felony sentencing reform in Colorado.”

DA Alexis King will speak briefly to the media following the hearing.

The proceeding is scheduled for 11 a.m. (MST) on Monday and will be streamed live through WebEx. Another release with the link will be distributed once it has been created by the court.

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