MILFORD (CBS) – The case against an illegal immigrant accused of drunk driving and killing a man could fall apart. An important witness apparently cut off his monitoring bracelet and left the country.

The family of Matthew Denice is furious. They were hoping the witness, Luis Acosta, would help put the man charged with hitting and killing their son in prison.

Nicolas Guaman was driving through downtown Milford in a pickup truck when police say he struck the 23-year-year-old, who was on his motorcycle.

WBZ-TV’s Diana Perez reports

Immigration officials are blaming it on a technical mistake on the part of their outside contractor in charge of monitoring the bracelets.

Apparently Acosta, an undocumented immigrant, cut off his monitoring bracelet five days before the feds told anyone on the local level.

Now there’s a good chance he is back home in Ecuador.

Milford Chief Thomas O’Laughlin and Representative Richard Neal were joined by Matthew Denice’s mother and stepfather at a press conference Monday.

They say Acosta cut off his ankle bracelet on October 1, but immigration officials failed to tell Milford police until officers called them on October 6th.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

By then, they pinged Acosta’s phone and it came back at a terminal at JFK Airport in New York, where flights depart straight to Ecuador, Acosta’s home country.

Rep. Neal says he is calling of the Department of Homeland Security and more specifically Janet Napolitano to figure out what went wrong.

Comments (5)
  1. marty says:

    totally unacceptable!!

    1. shotime says:

      you got that right!

  2. Denise says:

    Until we stop allowing the illegal immigrants to come here and take advantage of our services – they will stay here as long as it benefits them. this loser was probably given $$ to go home so he couldn’t testify!

  3. jaygee says:

    The truly horrendous thing here is that both the drunken driver and this fleeing witness were in the country illegally and that fact resulted in the death of Matthew Denice. They broke one law to come north to Mass. and the second law that was broken resulted in the death of an American citizen. Disgraceful.

  4. Enough says:

    Illegals are treated better than citizens. Politicians and Judges do what the immigrant advocacy groups want because they scream louder than concerned citizens. Every state that attempts to pass legislation gets blocked by judges and challenged by the Feds and the illegals are allowed to flourish while legitimate citizens struggle and are held to the law. This country has become too Liberal, too politically correct, and too a@$-backwards.

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