The man convicted in the deadly Bristow, Va., accident that killed a nun was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison.
Police said Carlos Martinelly-Montano, in the United States illegally, was drunk when he slammed his car into another car in 2010. The crash killed Sister Denise Mosier and injured two other nuns. He was convicted of felony murder in October.
In court Friday, Montano pleaded at length for mercy, New4's Julie Carey reported. He told the judge he has reformed in prison and hopes to become a pastor.
The incident was Montano's third drunken driving offense and happened while he was awaiting deportation.
In August of 2010, the three nuns in the car were headed to a retreat at the Saint Benedict Monastery in Bristow, about five miles away from the scene of the crash on Bristow Road near Wright Lane. Investigators said Martinelly-Montano, coming in the opposite direction, crossed over the center line and crashed into the nuns' car head on.
The other nuns in the vehicle, Sisters Connie Ruth Lupton and Charlotte Lange, were seriously injured in the crash.
Martinelly-Montano has twice before been convicted of drunken driving, and was awaiting a deportation hearing at the time of the accident.
The fatal crash prompted Prince William County officials to sue the federal government to explain why Martinelly-Montano was not in detention for his prior crimes and immigration status.
Montano faces up to 70 years in prison.
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