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Family of Matthew Denice Appeal for Justice [VIDEO]

Following an arraignment hearing Monday, the family of Matthew Denice, 23, said they want the man accused in the motor vehicle homicide to serve a 'lengthy sentence' in the U.S. The defendant, Nicolas Guaman, was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail.

A man accused of striking a motorcyclist with a pickup truck, then dragging him nearly a quarter-mile, pleaded not guilty in Milford District Court Monday to charges including motor vehicle homicide.

, was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail, or $1 million surety, by District Judge Robert Calagione.

Guaman, of 10 Cherry St., Apt. 1, Milford, is charged with motor vehicle homicide operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation, leaving the scene of personal injury and death, possession of open container of alcohol in 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.

His 6-year-old son was in the pickup truck, according to a police statement filed with the court.

About a dozen family members and friends of the victim, , attended the arraignment hearing, as well as several people who said they just wanted to show support for the family.

Following the hearing, Denice's brother, stepfather and mother spoke at length with the media about what they would like to see happen through the criminal justice process.

Guaman, a citizen of Ecuador, is an illegal immigrant, according to Milford police. In addition to the criminal charges he faces, he also could face deportation. Federal immigration officials have already told local police they would want him held, should he be released, under a document called a 'detainer.' According to Milford Police Chief Thomas O'Loughlin, an ICE detainer would take effect after any criminal proceedings are finished.

The most serious charge Guaman faces — motor vehicle homicide OUI — is a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 15 years, according to Paul R. Jarvey, a spokesman for the District Attorney's Office in Worcester.

Guaman, who is employed in construction, according to court documents, is next scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial hearing on Sept. 12.

Following the hearing Monday, Denice family members all said they wanted the prosecution to end with a lengthy sentence in the United States.

"I  want the defendant to serve a lengthy sentence" said Maureen Maloney. "I don't want this to ever happen [again]." Her son's death, she said, has surfaced major issues in the community, including illegal immigrants driving without licenses, and driving while intoxicated.

"I have nothing against people coming to this country," she said. "It's a wonderful country. But do it the right way."

Her son, she told reporters, was a good son and a good friend, who was on his way home from helping a friend when he was struck and killed. He was a recent graduate of Framingham State University with a degree in information technology.

And although she said she chided him for spending too much of his money on tickets for the Boston Celtics, and such things, she told reporters she's now happy he lived for the moment.

"I'm so thankful he did enjoy every single day he had on this Earth."

Denice was struck about 7:45 p.m. Saturday, according to police documents, by a Ford F150 pickup truck, and his body dragged a distance of a quarter-mile. He was alive following the impact, a state prosecutor said.

Guaman, who was driving the pickup truck, continued on from the impact point at Congress and Fayette streets, to Bancroft Avenue, according to the statement filed by Milford Police Officer Angel Arce. When Guaman turned on to Bancroft, he drove up on the curb, dislodging Denice from beneath the vehicle, Arce wrote, based on witness accounts.

Numerous witnesses told police they either heard the collision, or witnessed the events as the young man was dragged in the road. Several people told police they ran up to the truck, banging on it, trying to get the driver to stop.

Police apprehended Guaman on Lee Street. Arce, who speaks Spanish fluently, asked him how much he'd had to drink, and Guaman responded that he'd had three beers. But Guaman could not follow the directions in a field sobriety test, and was not able to follow instructions in taking a breath test, Arce reported.

Guaman's family earlier Saturday night had reported to police that he was driving, intoxicated, with a child in the car. A "be-on-the-lookout" was issued at 6:18 p.m., according to police records. But the vehicle could not be located. When interviewed, a family member told police "that Nicolas Guaman had been drinking all day . . ." according to Arce's statement.

Michael Denice told reporters that his younger brother died needlessly, as a result of the defendant's actions in not stopping the truck.

"Matthew did not have to die," Michael Denice said. "Had the vehicle stopped after impact, there's a chance he could have survived."

Michael Maloney, his stepfather, said what happened in Milford Saturday was not "an accident."

"This was a murder, as far as I'm concerned," he said. He, too, said he hoped the defendant would serve a full sentence in the U.S., and not simply be deported. His emotions, he said, have been cyclical following the death of his son. He went in to the court feeling anger, he said, but when he looked at Guaman in the hearing, Maloney said, "I saw sorrow."

"Now, I have to have faith in the justice system," Michael Maloney said.

The family has created a Facebook page in Matthew's memory, his brother said, called Justice For Matt. He encouraged people to visit the site.

christian wilson August 22, 2011 at 05:40 PM
Its a tragedy that happened, and so many people are expressing there love for matt, there are hundreds of friend and family that are devistated about his death and shocked that it happened to such a good kid that had his head on straight and that had a bright and bold future ahead of him, we will all love and miss Matt forever. -C. Wilson
David Breen August 22, 2011 at 08:07 PM
my condolences to the Denice family. David Breen
Emma Parsons August 23, 2011 at 12:11 AM
I am sick over this. This is something I will never forget. I am tearing up just thinking about the awful death this boy suffered, it makes me nauseous. Those who are responsible for letting illegal immigrants and drunk drivers drive in this country should be out of a job and ashamed of the death they caused him. I am full of rage and sorrow for Matt. I can't believe this. Please, someone do something about this :'(
randy August 23, 2011 at 12:44 AM
this is absolutely treasonous by our elected officials to allow illegal imigrants to comit horrible crimes and trash our country they wave there countries flags intead of the american flag and then protest our government which they have no legal right to have accesss .....Deval patrick and all the other officials that condone illegal imagration are guilty of murder and treason against this country
Robert Hudson August 23, 2011 at 02:32 AM
We have them out here in Southern California. DUI's! They survive the crash and are so drunk they can't remember anything! Cities are now holding Traffic Stops where every car passing by is STOPPED and the Driver is checked for Alcohol, Drugs, Insurance, Driver's License. If they are found with any of the Offenses, their vehicle is IMPOUNDED immediately! Fines are STIFF, but they still come North from Mexico for the "Good Life"! When Contractors stop hiring them, only then will we see a STOP for the kind of tragedy! Contractor's know these people will work for peanuts so they hire them, pay them a pittance, and on Pay Day, they go out and get drunk and kill some one on the way home. Look at the Angel's Pitcher who was killed by a DUI who was so drunk he couldn't remember a thing about the accident. He is in prison for LIFE! My Condolences to the Denice family!
Kyle Bertulli August 23, 2011 at 03:15 AM
Don't be surprise if you hear nothing from that pathetic occupant in the white house. Obama should be tried for treason in allowing our borders to be in the shape they are in as well as George W. Bush. Both should be impeached and imprisoned. Period.
Kathy August 23, 2011 at 03:42 AM
https://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=198459326884505 Vigil for Matthew Denice, Draper Park, Friday August 26th, 7:50pm - 10:30pm.
Andie August 23, 2011 at 11:07 AM
The article says he was employed by a construction co. Will they be investigated for employing an illegal immigrant? If Americans didn't hire these people they wouldn't have any reason to stay here. I just saw Matts mom on TV and could feel her pain and cried along with her. My condolences to the whole family.
Eric Ruscitti August 23, 2011 at 04:57 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with Denice family........ Eric Ruscitti & Erika Robertson
bbymya9911 August 23, 2011 at 05:05 PM
100,000 cash bail????? really he shouldnt be held without. okay, so we have drug dealers who dont pay taxes also and get caught with weed, their pictures are all over the news mug shots everywhere, go to court and are denied bail then we have an ILLEGAL immagrant who just murdered a innocent litttle kid with his 6-year old in the back seat driving under the influence and he gets bail first try? what is this justice system coming to????????????????? DISGUSTING!!!
bbymya9911 August 23, 2011 at 05:06 PM
he should be held without*
Casey August 23, 2011 at 08:16 PM
Marie Parente's letter to President Obama in Marthas Vineyard: http://www.facebook.com/notes/justice-for-matt/open-letter-to-president-barack-obama/260604627292885#!/pages/Justice-For-Matt/260398700646811
Casey August 23, 2011 at 08:20 PM
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-For-Matt/260398700646811#!/notes/justice-for-matt/open-letter-to-president-barack-obama/260604627292885 **
Mary MacDonald (Editor) August 24, 2011 at 12:03 AM
Thanks for sharing that link Casey....
Joan Quinlan August 24, 2011 at 04:26 PM
My condolences to Matt's family.
Ronda Krieg August 24, 2011 at 09:15 PM
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Matthew.
michael diskin August 25, 2011 at 12:49 AM
Leftist ideology caused this.
Kyle Bertulli August 25, 2011 at 03:22 PM
It's not even really leftist ideology. Leftist ideology is Franklin D. Roosevelt. It is simply treasonous to let everyone into the country and not care. And Deval Patrick needs to be recalled for not reporting illegal aliens to the feds.
Stephanie September 21, 2011 at 05:01 PM
I feel so bad for the family, i'll keep them in my prayers. I believe something needs to be done. If people are coming into to the country who is not contributing and only harming should not be here. But there are immigrants who do good for the country and will be hurt because of the stupid ones like Nicolas. I cant believe the police had the notice at 6:18, they should've done a better job on locating the vehicle. Hopefully now law enforcement will take on more serious when someone calls with a alert of harm. This accident not only effected the family and friends of the victim, but Nicolas his family and his young child, and all those who are here from a different country for a better future.

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