Man convicted in Milford dragging death in 2011 appeals conviction

A man convicted in the dragging death of another man five years ago appeared in court on Monday. 

Nicolas Guaman is an Equadorian immigrant who is serving prison time for manslaughter. 

On Monday, he appeared in court to appeal his case. 

Matthew Denice, 23, was dragged to his death in Milford in 2011.     

Guaman, an illegal immigrant, was driving without a license and was found guilty of manslaughter and motor vehicle homicide by a judge in 2014. He was not convicted of second degree murder. 

His lawyer argued before an appeals court in Worcester that Guaman should either get a new trial or the manslaughter charge should be tossed out. 

Prosecutors strongly disagreed, saying Guaman ignored pleas from frantic bystanders for him to stop. 

Guaman is serving up to 14 years in prison. 

The justices have taken the appeal under advisement and are expected to issue a ruling sometime over the next 60 days. 

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