WaPo Reports DHS Will Keep Its Probe Secret on Drunk-Driving Illegal Alien Who Killed Nun

The Metro section of Wednesday's Washington Post is topped by this story on the right hand side: "The Obama administration will not release the results of  an investigation into why an illegal immigrant with two drunken-driving convictions went almost two years without a deportation hearing before a crash that killed a nun, a senior official said."

But that story by reporter Shankar Vedantam is not on the home page at washingtonpost.com. In fact, it's given only a tiny headline on the home page of PostLocal, where the Metro stories are featured.

The inquiry is complete, but Homeland Security does not plan to make the results public, according to the senior official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the matter.

"It's a document that includes law enforcement sensitivities, so it will not be made public," the official said. He declined to discuss the nature of those sensitivities.

In response to questions about the investigation's conclusions, DHS spokesman Matt Chandler issued an e-mailed statement that said: "The Secretary's Office has received the review of the circumstances by which the individual was released in 2008 and are in the process of looking over the findings. Due to the ongoing criminal matter at hand, it would be inappropriate to comment further."

Told of the government's decision to withhold the investigation's results, Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, expressed outrage...  

Stewart blamed ICE for the accident.

"They didn't deport this [expletive] that killed a nun, and he had been convicted of DUI twice," Stewart said. "It is their policy to not deport people unless they are convicted of serious crimes. They are going to say this is some bureaucratic snafu, but they are only deporting people who commit a violent act, and since they don't consider DUI a violent act, they are releasing them."  

Carlos Martinelly-Montano, 23, who came into the country illegally from Bolivia as a child, is accused of killing Sister Denise Mosier and critically injuring two other Benedictine nuns who were driving north from Richmond on August 1 just a few miles from the Benedictine monastery in Bristow, Virginia.

Tim Graham
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