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Milford dragging death leads to lengthy sentence

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WORCESTER, Mass. (WHDH) - 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.

“I respectfully disagree with his sentencing and I respectfully disagree with the charges that he sentenced him on. I still believe Nicholas Guaman is guilty of second degree murder,” Denice's mother said.

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.
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