Napolitano wants answers for accused illegal

By Deon Guillory - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The federal government is getting involved in the case of a suspected drunk driver that killed a Richmond nun.

The Department of Homeland Security wants to know why the suspect - who is an illegal alien - was still in this country.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has ordered an immediate investigation.

23 year-old Carlos Montano is accused of involuntary manslaughter for the Sunday morning crash.

He's also charged with DUI - his third one within the past five years.

Montano has had several run-ins with the law.

He had been held for deportation back to his native Bolivia. Instead, he was released in 2008.

Now, Napolitano wants answers.

"He was in removal proceedings. Why were the removal proceedings taking so long? I do not, obviously - as of today - have the results of that. But I will get them," said Napolitano.

The crash killed Sister Denise Mosier.

Sisters Charlotte Lange and Connie Lupton are in critical condition at a Fairfax hospital.

A wake will be held for Sister Mosier tomorrow at the Benedictine Monastery in Bristow.

Her burial mass will be held Friday.

The details of Montano's illegal status came the same day that State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said police in Virginia investigating criminal cases can ask people they stop or arrest about their immigration status.