Truckers prosecutor shares photo of tractor-trailer brake shoe, calling it a “souvenir”

DENVER – Social media post from a prosecutor who worked on the fiery 2019 I-70 crash that killed four people creates controversy amid outcry over the trucker’s 110-year jail term pronounced last week.

Kayla Wildeman, Assistant District Attorney for the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office, posted on her personal Facebook page a photo of a brake shoe from a tractor-trailer with the case number and name printed on a sign affixed to the brake.

The copy accompanying the undated photo reads: “Get yourself a track partner as awesome as Trevor Moritzky. He turned a brake shoe from a semi-truck into a keepsake. What a special gift from a truly special someone. I’ve never asked for a new boyfriend at work, let alone one that’s old enough to be my dad (no offense) but I’m truly grateful that this essay has brought you into my career as both a colleague and as a friend! Words will never tell how lucky I am to have had the opportunity to learn from you!

Moritzky is the senior deputy prosecutor who worked with Wildeman in the prosecution of Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, the 26-year-old truck driver who told police he lost control of the brakes on his tractor-trailer going down the mountain. on I-70 and crashed into traffic. at the Colorado Mills Parkway overpass, killing four people and injuring six.

On October 15, a jury found Aguilera-Mederos guilty of many of the 42 charges he faced, including homicide and driving, first degree assault, attempted first degree assault, reckless driving and reckless driving. On December 13, Judge A. Bruce Jones sentenced him to 110 years in prison, which is the minimum allowed under Colorado minimum sentence laws for the specific charges he was convicted of.

A few days after the conviction, outcry over the 110 years in prison began to grow online. More than 4.4 million people have signed a petition on calling for his sentence to be commuted or for the governor’s pardon, saying the accident was a tragedy but the sentence is unfair.

In a statement on Monday, Chief Judicial District Attorney Alexis King said Wildeman’s post was in “very bad taste,” but King confirmed that the drag was not from the Aguilera-Mederos case.

“This is not evidence of the case. The message was in very bad taste and does not reflect the values ​​of my administration. We addressed it internally, ”King wrote.

The message has been deleted or is no longer visible to the public.

Legal experts don’t believe a pardon from Gov. Jared Polis is likely, although the governor has discretion over a possible commutation. Instead, they think the case highlights the need for possible legislative changes.

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