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Martinelly Sentenced in DUI that Killed Nun

Carlos Martinelly Montano was sentenced to 20 years in prison in the case that prompted calls for stricter immigration enforcement.

Carlos Martinelly Montano was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday for the drunk-driving accident that killed a Prince William County nun and sparked controversy over immigration enforcement.

Martinelly was convicted in October of felony murder and faced a sentence of up to 70 years in prison. The judge gave the lower 20-year sentence after acknowledging Martinelly's testimony of finding God in prison, WTOP reports.

Martinelly had been arrested twice before for drunk driving and turned over to the Department of Homeland Security for deportation as an illegal immigrant, but DHS released him. Prince William County has .

“It is frustrating that we as a local government must resort to suing the Federal Government to get information which the public has a right to know and which is vital to our law enforcement efforts," County Chairman Corey Stewart said at the time.

Marie McClanahan February 04, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Fair & Just - We are frustrated because his status means he never worked in a job that paid taxes. The fact he had at least 1 other DUI means our court system failed us again. He should have been deported at that time or become an American citizen.
JustTheFacts February 05, 2012 at 01:15 PM
I believe "an eye for eye" punishment is suitable. That way we don't have to pay and he doesn't get to go free.
marty jones February 05, 2012 at 02:49 PM
let the families decide punishment...their the ones who need closure...do not deport tho because he will sneak back in in a month and be back on the road.
Fred Van Doren February 05, 2012 at 03:50 PM
No one really seems to notice that the more you run from something the more it follows you back to confront you again in various forms. The "fear of other" is insidious right now and to have a healthy society, it needs to be looked at. Radical ideology is the projection of that fear into society. Compromise on any issue is impossible with this fear present. Until the individuals of any society decide that with compromise, the society is stronger all you get is people screaming at each other in their own little echo chamber. What one fights against is an idea that they keep in their head and luckily, ideas can change.
JJ February 05, 2012 at 09:44 PM
USA is a lazy bunch of cowards... What has happened to our country? This man broke the law by living here, a couple of DUI's and we let him go to drink again and kill someone? It's time this people leave our country.

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