Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced that Brian Fraga (age 35), of Lincoln, was sentenced yesterday to 18 years after pleading nolo contendere to one count of manslaughter. Superior Court Justice Joseph A. Montalbano sentenced Fraga to an 18-year full sentence, with 10 years to serve at the ACI and the balance suspended with probation, for the manslaughter death of Luis Perez.
Had the case proceeded to trial, the State was prepared to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that on May 3, 2017, Fraga and Perez were drinking for several hours at Fraga's apartment in Lincoln and engaged in an argument that quickly escalated. Fraga and Perez exited the apartment and where the argument became physical. During the fight, Fraga pushed Perez down a flight of stairs, causing a head injury. Fraga then proceeded to punch Perez several times. Fraga left Perez, returning to check on him once, but never called for help. Perez later died of the injuries sustained to his head.
Lieutenant Dana Parker of the Lincoln Police Department conducted the investigation and Assistant Attorney General Jay Sullivan prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of the Attorney General.