Reckless driver found guilty of manslaughter in Massachusetts
Posted on Friday, May 30th, 2014 at 3:53 pm
Ecuadorian illegal immigrant Nicolas Dutan Guaman was convicted of motor vehicle homicide and manslaughter by motor vehicle and was sentenced to 12-14 years of imprisonment after a four-day trial on May 19, MassLive reported.
In 2011, Guaman ran into motorcyclist 23-year-old Matthew Denice, dragging his body for a quarter of a mile. Although the prosecution panel originally attempted to convict Guaman of second-degree murder, Judge David Ricciardone deemed a manslaughter charge to be more appropriate in his case. Ricciardone said he didn’t give the maximum sentence because Guaman possessed no previous criminal record. Guaman’s young son was a passenger in the truck when the accident occurred, causing Guaman to also be convicted of reckless endangerment of a child.
Denice was a recent alumnus of Fitchburg State University and planned to study criminal justice in graduate school.
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