Posted by Matt Perkins
Nicolas Guaman was sentenced 12-14 years in prison on Monday in the 2011 dragging death of Milford resident Matthew Denice, the Worcester County District Attorney's Office said Monday afternoon.
A Worcester Superior Court judge found Guaman not guilty on second-degree murder charges on Monday in the bench trial that began last week.
Guaman, however, was found guilty of manslaughter by motor vehicle, operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol negligent operation, reckless endangerment of a child, leaving the scene of personal injury or death, unlicensed driver, and failure to stop for police, according to MyFoxBoston.
Guaman, an Ecuadorian citizen who is in the U.S. illegally, pleaded not guilty last August to charges of operating a vehicle under the influence of liquor, negligent operation, leaving the scene of personal injury and death, possession of an open container of alcohol in a vehicle, failure to stop for police, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop or yield, resisting arrest and wanton or reckless conduct creating risk to a child. Guaman's 6-year-old son was reportedly in his truck at the time of the incident.
Updates and discussions on the case have been posted frequently to a Facebook page established in Denice's memory titled "Justice for Matt."
The case has also sparked debate in regards to a "Safe Driving Bill" that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. Supporters of Bill H.3285 say it would make drivers safer because illegal immigrants would have to be trained in the rules of the road and pass written and road tests before getting a license. But the bill has sparked widespread opposition, as well, and a Milford resident started an online petition against it.