Virginia police said Carlos Martinelly Montano, the 23-year-old driver, was driving drunk. Montano has had two previous DUI convictions, is from Bolivia, and is here in this country illegally. He was actually in the process of going through deportation proceedings; however, details have not emerged about why the illegal immigrant was not being held by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
He was arrested and charged with driving on a suspended license, driving under the influence (DUI), and indicted on charges of felony murder. During the first week of October, the grand jury in Prince William County Circuit Court added two more charges that Montano will face. He now faces involuntary manslaughter and a third offense of DUI.
Montano killed 66-year-old Sister Denise Mosier and injured 70-year-old Sister Connie Ruth Lupton and 75-year-old Sister Charlotte Lange.
His trial is set for March 28, 2011 in Prince William Circuit Court. If he is convicted of felony murder, he could face up to 40 years in prison or 20 years if he is convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
We are sorry to hear of this tragic death, and wish the other Sisters a full and complete recovery.