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.