Driver guilty of lesser charges in motorcyclist’s dragging death

Nicolas Dutan Guaman wears headphones to listen to an interpreter as his trial begins in Superior Court, Wednesday May 7, 2014, in Worcester, Mass. Guaman is charged with driving drunk and striking and dragging motorcyclist Matthew Denice to his death in Milford, Mass., in August 2011. (AP Photo/Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Rick Cinclair)

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A man from Ecuador charged with dragging a Milford motorcyclist to his death under his pickup truck has been found not guilty of second-degree murder, but has been convicted of less serious charges.

A judge on Monday found 37-year-old Nicolas Dutan Guaman guilty of manslaughter by motor vehicle in the August 2011 death of 23-year-old Mathew Denice.

Prosecutors say Guaman was drunk and driving without a license when hit Denice’s motorcycle. Denice was dragged nearly one-quarter of a mile even as witnesses banged on the side of Guaman’s pickup.

Guaman was living in the U.S. illegally and the death sparked a fierce 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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