The incident that left Long Island native Michael DiMaria bleeding to death on the floor of a Fenway bar was senseless and avoidable, prosecutors said.
Yesterday 26-year-old Hector Guardiola was sentenced to between four and seven years for that avoidable incident.
Guardiola pleaded guilty to throwing a glass inside The Lansdowne pub in August 2010 after an exchange of words with a friend of DiMaria’s. DiMaria, who was unaware of his friend’s argument, was standing with his friends and was hit with a shard of glass that shredded his jugular.
More than a dozen family members and friends of 23-year-old DiMaria wore his picture on their shirt for the sentencing.
“Every time I go over the details of that night I find it hard to breathe,” DiMaria’s sister Jennifer said while crying.
She told Guardiola to always think about her brother.
“I wish you the same pain you have caused us many times over. Your actions have condemned me and my family to a life of hell,” she said.
Guardiola pleaded guilty yesterday to manslaughter and assault and battery. Prosecutors requested a sentence of between five and 10 years. His lawyer requested a sentence of two years.
Guardiola, who came to Massachusetts from Puerto Rico six years ago, was a dishwasher in a restaurant and fed animals in a hospital lab. He had a drink at the bar that night with a female friend and was leaving when he and DiMaria’s friend bumped into each other.
The incident prompted the bar to temporarily stop using glassware and an examination of that night by city licensing officials.
Guardiola’s family and friends did not comment to reporters as they left the courthouse.
Prosecutors urged the judge to impose a sentence of up to 10 years in prison in part to send a message to bar patrons.
“People go to bars every night of the week and get into fights … and have to make determinations how to end things,” said Ian Polumbaum, an assistant district attorney.