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Prison for Boston man in broken-glass bar killing

November 9, 2011

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BOSTON—A South Boston man who admits throwing a heavy glass that shattered during a bar fight and fatally sliced the neck of a bystander from New York has been sentenced to four to seven years in prison.

Twenty-six-year-old Hector Guardiola on Wednesday pleaded guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter stemming from the August death of 23-year-old Michael DiMaria, of Hicksville, on New York's Long Island.

The Suffolk County district attorney's office says Guardiola had an argument with another bar customer. The glass he threw missed its target but hit someone else and broke. A jagged piece struck DiMaria in the neck, shredding his jugular vein and causing him to bleed to death.

Guardiola also pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for injuries to two other people.

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