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Verdict in nun killing renews debate over illegal immigration

Tuesday - 11/1/2011, 9:47am  ET

Carlos Montano
Carlos Martinelly Montano, 24, had been convicted of drunken driving twice previously but was never deported. (Photo courtesy of Prince William County)

Hank Silverberg, wtop.com

MANASSAS, Va. - The guilty verdict in a drunken driving case that killed a nun has Prince William County's Board of Supervisors chairman speaking out again about illegal immigration.

The verdict against Carlos Martinelly Montano came after a one day bench trial. There was no jury.

Prince William County Circuit Court Judge Lon Farris agreed with the prosecution that Montano was driving drunk when he killed Sister Denise Mosier, 66, in Bristow last year. Montano was out of jail awaiting deportation for two DUI convictions when the incident occurred.

Since then the case has been the center of the ongoing debate over illegal immigration, particularly in Prince William County.

The county has sued the federal government to try and get information about illegal immigrants released the county turned over to federal authorities. Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart says that has not changed.

"To this date, the federal government refuses to tell us what they have done with these criminal illegal aliens, whether they have been deported or whether they have been released back into our community," Stewart tells WTOP.

"The true tragedy here is that it was totally preventable."

Stewart, who is up for reelection in next week's local election, has used this issue repeatedly in his political battles.

Montano faces up to 70 years in prison when sentenced in February.

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