Immigration Officials Issue 'Detainer' for Suspect in Fatal Crash

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has issued a detainer for an illegal immigrant charged with the motor vehicle homicide of a 23-year-old Milford motorcyclist.

A suspect in the motor vehicle homicide of a 23-year-old Milford motorcyclist may face deportation, in addition to criminal charges.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has told Milford police it has issued a 'detainer' for , 34, said Police Chief Thomas O'Loughlin.

The detainer acts as a 48-hour hold, during which time immigration officials can pursue deportation. The hold would take place after criminal proceedings are completed, O'Loughlin said.

O'Loughlin said he contacted Sunday in the case.

Guaman, a citizen of Ecuador, is in the U.S. illegally, O'Loughlin said.

Guaman, who lives at 10 Cherry St., Apt. 1, Milford, is charged with numerous offenses in the death of , who police said was struck by a large pickup truck while riding a motorcycle on Congress Street Saturday, and dragged about a quarter-mile up West Street.

Guaman is expected to be arraigned at Milford District Court Monday. He has been charged with the following: 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.

According to immigration officials, a detainer allows federal authorities to explore deportation.

According to ICE, in making these decisions, authorities consider a number of factors, such as the person's criminal history, immigration history (such as whether the person was previously deported or has an outstanding removal order from an immigration judge), family ties and other circumstances.

Rich Baer August 22, 2011 at 02:12 PM
that is true ....keep saving a buck on the roofing jobs ,and they will continue to drive around in there $40,000 pick up trucks ,while i work my 60hr a week job to make it to the next paycheck .get rid of them all
sharon August 22, 2011 at 03:54 PM
Any update on the court proceedings ?
Danielle Horn August 22, 2011 at 04:17 PM
Sharon, nothing yet - Mary's there. From experience I can tell you that most of these court proceedings are "hurry up and wait." If something doesn't happen before 1 it will likely be after the afternoon break.
Joe Redden August 22, 2011 at 04:54 PM
I just drove from Main Street up Fayette Street to Congress, West Street and Bancroft Ave. There are skid marks all the way from the top of Fayette, onto Congress, West & at the house on the corner of Bancroft. It is truly sickenening what that animal did. My sincerest condolences to the family of Matt Denice. Coming home, the Milford Court House is packed with cars, sattelite news trucks, and people. This guy better not be released on personal recognizance!
Michelle August 22, 2011 at 05:14 PM
This scumbag needs to serve time in prison in this country for what he did. He won't get the death penalty unfortunately but that's what he deserves. I hope he doesn't get deported until he serves time. Then send him back to Ecuador with all the other thousands of illegals in our town. It makes me sick to see all of them running around downtown and taking over Main Street. When are town, state and Federal officials going to wake up? Something needs to be done. Stop giving them handouts for starters. They are ILLEGAL. Why do we reward these people for coming into our country illegally? I just don't understand it.
sue August 22, 2011 at 05:21 PM
My condolences go out to the family of Mathew Denice. NO ONE DESERVES THIS!!! !REST IN PEACE ANGEL!!!
David Nolta August 22, 2011 at 06:22 PM
Do you really think this is appropriate? The death of a young man turned into a partisan horn for people to blow their political tunes through? And their prejudices? People drink and drive--that is a problem. People are poor and under-educated. That is a problem. Obama and Deval are not the problem. WE are the problem, and blaming the governor or the president or a race of people is an easy out. Let's think about this young man's death, and of his family, and try to consider more intelligently how we can improve the safety and well-being of all people (because all people are potential victims and perpetrators of such tragedies).
Joe R August 22, 2011 at 08:30 PM
To David Nolta. Let's get to the REAL problem here. A young man with a promising future was murdered Saturday night by a man who is here in the United States, in Massachusetts, in Milford ILLEGALLY. Do I have to say that again? ILLEGALLY. If our government would enforce immigration laws Matthew Denice would still be alive. Instead his grieving family is making plans his funeral. Lets force our "leaders" to do something about illegal immigrants. That is job one
David Nolta August 22, 2011 at 09:09 PM
Dear Joe R., I myself am very much in favor of enforcing the immigration laws, beginning in Milford and including the rest of the country. I am not in favor of blaming Barack Obama or Deval Patrick for this poor young man's death. And it was not the killer's illegal alien status which caused this tragedy. It was one man's criminal behavior behind the wheel. The sort of behavior that we should be trying to abolish wherever it exists, for EVERYBODY'S sake, because we find it among every race and class and ...
Joe R August 22, 2011 at 11:24 PM
Mr. Nolta. In my post I did not mention Barack Obama or Deval Patrick. I did not mention race either. You chose to bring these things up. I don't care if the killer was an illegal Irish immigrant. He or she would still have been here ILLEGALY and had they not been here illegally this tragic accident would not have happened. This is the 3rd time this has happened in the little town of Milford - it happens many times every day across this country because of the policies of our governments. I am calling on our state & federal govenments to stop hiding and face the fact that while our country is teetering on the brink of a double dip recession, it is time to face the issue of illegals in this country. Let's enforce the laws we have and if necessary make new policies and laws to stop them from coming here and being here in the first place. This tragedy might just be the last straw. It is not going to go away. People are angry and fed up. It is not about race or any particular group. Immigration made America great. We all come from immigrants. LEGAL immigrants. If others want to come here, let them do it the right way or stay away. And yes, this should also sound the alarm against drunk drivers - especially repeat offenders. Let's not allow this young man's death to have been in vain.
David Nolta August 23, 2011 at 12:00 AM
Dear Joe R., No, it wasn't I who raised the issue of Barack Obama, nor of party politics; both of these were referenced in the original post, to which ours were attached. And though you did not introduce the WORD "race" (you refer to "illegal immigrants" meaning, presumably, people of "races" other than what we mean when we say people of the American race, if, like most people, we sometimes think of America as a "race"), I used it as only one of any number of criteria for dividing people up, and I used it because I am AGAINST just that--using race or class or country of origin as a way of stereotyping people who do bad things. What we are both FOR is enforcement of the laws--immigration and otherwise--though I for one do not believe that this tragedy is a RESULT of illegal immigration, but rather of an individual's criminal decisions to drive without a license, to drink and drive, to avoid helping his victim after he hit him, to try to flee the scene of the crime--these are the bad things this man did, and they are not the result of his immigration status.
Joe R August 23, 2011 at 12:18 AM
Mr. Nolta, you are now splitting hairs and putting words in my mouth. Just what do you not understand about the term ILLEGAL? I have already stated that I didn't care about the ethnicity of the monster who killed this young man. He was here illegally. Yes he was drunk and yes he was driving without a license. But he was here ILLEGALLY. I don't care where he was from. Had he not been here and allowed to stay here after previous problems with the law, Matthew Denice would still be alive today. This is the 3rd time this has happened just in the little town of Milford. Pick up the local paper any day and what do you see in the police log on page 2: illegal immigrants stopped for driving without a license and other crimes. EVERY DAY in the local paper. This is alright with you? No need to respond. I am done...
David Nolta August 23, 2011 at 12:30 AM
Dear Joe R., I have never responded from need, but from interest and in the hope of increasing understanding. And for all your unquestioning certainty, you are blurring issues. I understand the term "illegal" as well as you, I think. And I agree that if the man accused is here illegally, then that must be numbered among his crimes. But THEY ARE DIFFERENT CRIMES. And one crime does not imply another, I'm afraid. Not in the eyes of the law. And no, having been targeted repeatedly throughout the past 17 years of my life in Milford, I am happy to say, in response to your presumably rhetorical question, criminal behavior is not all right with me. So you see, there are two things we agree on. Progress.
Joe R August 23, 2011 at 01:03 AM
Mr. Nolta, agreed! I do think we believe the same things, but in the heat of this tragedy the illegal nature of this just makes it so much worse. Our society has so many problems - this is just one that we must face and resolve. And, if you have been targeted for any reason over the past 17 years, I apologize on behalf of my mostly good and kind fellow Milfordians for any injustices you may have suffered. I truly hope that any injustices to you have ceased. Let us all hope for a more civilized society. My best to you and yours.
David Nolta August 23, 2011 at 01:13 AM
Dear Joe R., Your kindness and tolerance put me to shame. Ditto to you for everything you said. We ARE all upset right now--we should be--and working together is the only way out. Sorry so hokey, and good night, and thank you.
Heart August 23, 2011 at 03:16 AM
What handouts? Illegal immigrants are not eligible for welfare, Medicaid, food stamps, or any other benefits.
Kathy August 23, 2011 at 03:43 AM
https://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=198459326884505 Vigil for Matthew Denice, Draper Park, Friday August 26th, 7:50pm - 10:30pm.
Jim Rizoli August 23, 2011 at 04:39 AM
Jim Rizoli CCFIILE.COM The wife of this criminal had no compassion or concern of the victim just her criminal husband. She should be deported and her criminal husband should go to jail for the rest of his life. If she doesn't get deported we the taxpayers of mass will be paying for her forever as she becomes a welfare child of the state.. Imagine that, they commit the crimes and we end up paying for them when it's all said and done. You got to love this country.......they sure do! The illegals get away with murder in more ways than one.
Joe R August 23, 2011 at 03:53 PM
What handouts? You say that illegals do not get Medicaid, Welfare or food stamps? Guess again. Many if not most DO GET these handouts and more. I don't know how, bujt once they get here they know all the tricks and the get all kinds of handouts. Many have multiple Social Security cards and other forms of ID which they use to get all kinds of benefits. Just ask around!
Mr Nobody August 24, 2011 at 11:29 PM
I call this murder
Timothy Roesch August 25, 2011 at 02:27 AM
In answer to your question as to 'What 'other circumstances' could keep him in this country?'; allow me to be the one to tell you. You. You are the 'other circumstance'. When 'you' don't vote, don't make your opinions and ideas well and frequently known to YOUr elected representatives, when you don't ask who is maintaining your lawn or whether the person cleaning your office is in this country legally, when you do not support your local police, when you stay quiet while others are screaming; THAT is the OTHER circumstance that keeps people like this, people who display a wanton disrespect for the law, in this country. On the other side of this country the family of a four year old mourns 'other circumstances' too, Wake. Up.
Timothy Roesch August 25, 2011 at 02:33 AM
@ David: David, you seem to have forgotten that our elected representatives represent US. These elected representatives have forgotten that just as many Americans have. Deval and Barack are both responsible because they have been fighting the application of the LAW for years, perhaps longer. Deval is proud of his stance and Barack Obama just broke the US Constitution to protect the rights of illegal immigrants to stay here. Just as far too many Americans are asleep far too many elected representives consider re-election as being their most important job and not enforcing the laws that keep our society safe and sane. What does this scofflaw's actions say to others? What this drunk tells others is that the law is a term of mockery, something to be 'gotten around' and our elected representatives encourage and support them. Our elected representatives have become co-depandents who see Americans as nothing more than bloodstains on the highway.
Tara August 25, 2011 at 02:37 AM
I have to say I agree with both David Nolta and Joe R. I can see both of your views...but like David says this guy is here ilegally, that being said (again) had he not been in this country he wouldn't of been here to get drunk, drive without a license endanger and almost kill his own son and ultimately kill that young man. Milford police are not doing their job if he had been stopped before for the same reason. He should of been detained and papers in the works to kick his ass out. But I have to say if it wasn't him it would have been another illegal to get drunk and kill someone else, maybe even one of their own. The other victim in this sad story is that poor little boy...imagine having to experience that?! this will cost the tax payers money and court time and in the end he will probably walk...just like Casey Anthony...that's what our country does, let murders walk...just look at O.J.
David Nolta August 25, 2011 at 03:24 AM
Dear Timothy, I have not forgotten that elected officials represent us--or at least, that they are elected to represent us and to work for the common good (for the good of all, including the good of those who may not have voted for them, and even, to the extent that it is possible, for the good of people who cannot vote--without, of course, sacrificing their higher obligation to those who can). And do you honestly believe that Barack Obama and Deval Patrick are motivated, in their complex attitudes toward the equally complex topic of immigration, legal and otherwise, by a desire to win re-elections? Remember, the people whom you and others accuse them of breaking the law to help, play no direct part in the voting process, but depend on the sympathy of at least some sector of the legal population.
David Nolta August 25, 2011 at 03:30 AM
And Timothy, All of this still seems to me to be a distraction from the tragedy which has occurred. The crimes which directly caused poor Mr. Denice's death were drunk driving and not stopping and fleeing the scene--I don't think you can say that Obama or Patrick are in favor of those things; if you disagree, I'd love to see your documentation. That the accused was also an illegal immigrant is a separate, and far lesser, crime--lesser from a moral perspective, and UNRELATED in the law; that is, the person being illegal does not imply that he will also be a drunk driver and kill someone. To lump these things together and to throw them at the feet of the governor or anyone else is to blur the facts and to exploit this person's death for political ends. If, hypothetically, the accused had been found out to have been a counterfeiter, making five dollar bills in his basement, would we say, "You see, counterfeiters are the problem and the democrats never do enough to stop them"? NO. We should see that the crimes involved here are not, inherently, involved with the immigration status of the accused perpetrator. To lump them together is to take an easy path. To blame our elected officials is not a solution--to spend more to improve law enforcement is a solution that most people don't want to hear. Blaming is easier than thinking. Law enforcement and education are the first steps, I still believe, toward improving our own and others' lives.
Mauricio August 25, 2011 at 10:53 AM
He Made a mistake? Yes he killed a innocent yes.he should drive drunk ? No .but the thing is why all the other immigrant have to pay for and being abuse ??????? This town and this country he's Built from immigrants ...go to the town hall and see how many marias and Jhom is there....I don't get why you guys being blain on immigrants if matt father said clear on his interview "DON'T HATE IMIGRANTS" how come you guys saying that you will pray for Matt if you hate some inocents at the same time? Who serve you guys at fast food restaurant dunkin mc Donalds Burguer king and etc????? You guys have to be fear and let this guy paid for whatever he did and then Matt can rest in peace ...
Myd Nevins August 25, 2011 at 11:50 AM
Mauricio, I thought it was clear that the concern isn't directed at immigrants but instead ILLEGAL immigrants. There's a difference.
David Nolta August 25, 2011 at 01:11 PM
I agree with Myd and Mauricio, each up to a point. You can't overlook a person's illegal status--defending illegal immigrants by lumping them together with legal immigrants, and then leaving out the "illegal" part and saying that they're all the same--just as you can't pretend that it was this criminal's immigration status that caused the crimes he committed--that is, lumping illegal immigrants together and attacking them and saying that illegal immigrants all commit such crimes. Illegal immigration was not the cause of this tragedy, any more than bad parenting (of which the accused is also rightly accused, if, as we are told, he had his child in that truck) is the cause of the tragedy of Mr. Denice's death.
Timothy Roesch August 25, 2011 at 02:38 PM
There are two types of governments: Governments that tell the people what to do and how to do it AND governments of, for and by the people that are ruled by law and serve the people that formed it. If our government is the former then Obama and Patrick are not responsible for what has happened. If our government is a servant of the people then they are. Leaders are responsible, in our form of govt, for how they behave. They set the standards, they are the example. If they can ignore the law, if they can choose which laws will be enforced and which ones can be set aside as problematic, if they can tell us what laws will be enforced then they are, indeed, responsible for what happened to an American citizen in Milford.
David Nolta August 25, 2011 at 05:01 PM
Dear Timothy, I disagree with your characterization of our government. To my mind, there is one form of government, operating at every level (town, state, nation), and it is a true democracy. It is also an ideal, and as such, we (because in a democracy, the government is as big as, and includes, all of the governed) fall short of it regularly. It's very true that our elected officials often--sometimes deliberately, sometimes not--deviate from representing the majority, or acting in the best interests of as many people as possible. Sometimes they even commit crimes--and the criminal activities of elected officials is a bi-partisan phenomenon, as any day's news makes painfully clear. But none of this has to do with the tragedy at hand, which is that a drunk man hit and killed an innocent man. The immigration status of either is not the issue. It is illogical, unjustifiable, and exploitative politicking to hold any elected official responsible for this tragedy ON THE MERE BASIS OF THAT OFFICIAL'S PUBLIC OR PRIVATE ATTITUDE TOWARD IMMIGRATION.


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