WORCESTER, Mass. — A man from Ecuador convicted of dragging a Milford motorcyclist to his death under his pickup truck has been sentenced to up to 14 years in prison.
A judge Monday sentenced 37-year-old Nicolas Dutan Guaman after clearing him of a second-degree murder, but convicting him on other charges including vehicular manslaughter in the August 2011 death of 23-year-old Matthew Denice.
Prosecutors say Guaman was drunk and driving without a license when hit Denice’s motorcycle. Denice was dragged even as witnesses banged on the side of Guaman’s pickup.
Guaman was living in the U.S. illegally and the death sparked a debate in Massachusetts about immigration enforcement.
Judge David Ricciardone presided over the jury-waived trial in Worcester Superior Court.
Guaman’s lawyer said his client was unaware Denice was pinned in the truck’s wheel well.