By Kathryn G. Menu
According to the courtroom deputy for United States District Court Judge Denis R. Hurley, sentencing in a federal case against the brother of a man police believe was involved in a fatal hit and run in Water Mill this past July was delayed this week.
Sentencing was scheduled for Tuesday, January 8 for Miguel Ixpec-Chitay, 26, of Riverhead. Ixpec-Chitay was convicted by jury on December 19 on one count of making false statement to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents about phone conversations between himself and his brother, Carlos Armando Ixpec-Chitay, 30.
Police believe that Carlos was driving a 2009 Volkswagen Touareg that struck and killed a 59-year-old Roman Catholic nun from Syosset on Rose Hill Road in Water Mill this past July. Sister Jacqueline Walsh, who was pronounced dead at the scene of the crime, was on a retreat in Water Mill with the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas when the incident occurred.
A national and now international manhunt has been underway as authorities search for the elder Ixpec-Chitay, who police believe fled the county, state and eventually the country after the incident.
According to Newsday, Southampton Town Police and U.S. Marshalls came close to capturing the fugitive on two occasions since the search for Ixpec-Chitay began, missing him by mere minutes. U.S. Marshalls continue to hunt for Ixpec-Chitay, and it is believed he may have fled to his native Guatemala.
Suffolk County Crime Stoppers has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
On September 13, Miguel Ixpec-Chitay was arrested by federal authorities for lying to investigators, telling them he had no phone contact with his fugitive brother. According to court records, phone records show the brothers spoke on more than a dozen occasions following the incident.
He has been remanded to the Queens Detention Facility in Jamaica, Queens. The sentencing has been postponed until January 24 while prosecutors and the defense debate the length of his potential sentence and fines.