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Boston Bar To Stop Using Glass After Hicksville Man’s Death

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Michael DiMaria

Innocent bystander Michael DiMaria of Hicksville, N.Y., was killed inside a Boston bar on Aug. 14, 2010.

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) – A Boston bar where a man was killed by a shard of glass from a beer mug has decided to switch at least temporarily to plastic cups and nonglass bottles.

The Landsdowne Pub faces a licensing hearing next month. The incident on Saturday took the life of 23-year-old Michael DiMaria, of Hicksville, N.Y.

Prosecutors say DiMaria was an innocent bystander to an argument between Hector Guardiola and another man at the bar. During the argument, authorities say Guardiola threw a beer glass that shattered and a piece of it cut DiMaria in the throat.

Guardiola has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter.

“We love him and we miss him,” the victim’s sister, Jennifer DiMaria, said earlier this week.

“He was an innocent bystander. He was innocent. He had nothing to do with anything going on in that bar,” father Joseph DiMaria added.

The Boston Globe reports that city officials could permanently ban glass at the pub, a move that has been taken at about a dozen other establishments in Boston.

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