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Man gets 20 years in Va. crash that killed nun

February 3, 2012
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MANASSAS, Va.—An illegal immigrant from Bolivia who caused a drunken driving crash that killed a Benedictine nun and severely injured two others has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Carlos Martinelly Montano was sentenced Friday. The 24-year-old pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and driving without a license in the 2010 crash. He was convicted of murder at a trial in October, a conviction his attorneys say they plan to appeal.

The case drew national attention partly because of the victims -- three elderly nuns -- but mostly because of Martinelly's immigration status.

Federal authorities say Martinelly was an illegal immigrant who had been convicted of drunken driving twice previously but was never deported.

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