- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) - A Massachusetts man who pleaded guilty to negligent homicide has been sentenced 7½ to 15 years in prison in New Hampshire.

Michael Gomez of Lowell, Massachusetts, was accused of driving too fast when he hit 33-year-old Phillip Carter’s car a year ago in Salem, New Hampshire. Carter’s Honda Civic was split in half and he was thrown from the vehicle.

WMUR-TV (https://bit.ly/2akxHst) reported that Gomez entered the guilty plea Friday and apologized for the pain he caused. A statement from the victim’s fiancee, Melinda Nutter, described the victim as “honest and caring” suggested that Gomez spend his time in jail “trying to live his life more like the man he killed.”

Gomez also pleaded guilty to reckless conduct. Eighteen months will be suspended from his sentence if he completes counseling.

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