On August 1, 2010 Carlos Martinelly Montano was in Bristow, Virginia intoxicated behind the wheel of his car (for the third time) and driving on a suspended license when he hit a vehicle caring a group of nuns traveling from Richmond to a Prince William County convent. Sister Denise Mosier was killed in the accident and sisters Connie Lupton and Charlotte Lange were both seriously injured.
A Bolivian national living in the U.S. illegally, Montano was awaiting deportation at the time of his arrest. That deportation is now on hold, pending the completion of a significant prison term. This past Friday Montano was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Montano plead guilty in October 2011 to charges of driving while intoxicated and driving without a license. He was later found guilty of an additional felony murder charge, due to his substantial history of DUI charges. Of the sentence, Montano’s judge said,
“Not only is there punishment to be meted out, but also society must be protected because there is very little guarantee you won’t get in a car and do the same thing again.”
Montano’s defense attorney indicated that they plan to file an appeal on the felony conviction.