Man Acquitted In Kate Steinle Killing Faces Federal Gun And Immigration Charges

07 December, 2017, 02:58 | Author: Terri Saunders
  • Man Acquitted In Kate Steinle Killing Faces Federal Gun And Immigration Charges

Prosecutors said Garcia Zarate deliberately fired into an unsuspecting crowd on the pier in July 2015, killing Steinle as she walked with her father.

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was indicted in by a federal grand jury on federal charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and being an illegally present alien in possession of a firearm, according to records.

Federal prosecutors Tuesday said new immigration and weapons charges have been filed against Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, an undocumented immigrant who was acquitted last week on murder charges in the fatal shooting of San Francisco resident Kate Steinle.

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon was critical on Tuesday of the federal charges - saying the Trump administration has turned the Zarate case into a "political football".

Federal officials already have a criminal warrant signed by a judge in 2015 for Garcia Zarate, and he will be released to the U.S. Marshal once he is eligible to be released following the conclusion of his state case, according to the San Francisco Sheriff's Department.

Garcia-Zarate is not yet represented by counsel. Garcia Zarate is to be sentenced in state court December 14. They believe the gun possession conviction seemed at odds with the acquittals, given that those verdicts aligned with the defense contention that Garcia Zarate found the gun by happenstance at the pier where the shooting occurred.

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President Trump called the verdict "a total miscarriage of justice".

30 rejected charges of first- and second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, and assault with a semiautomatic pistol.

Garcia Zarate, who had served a federal prison sentence for illegal re-entry to the United States, was transferred in March of 2015 to San Francisco's jail to face a 20-year-old charge for selling marijuana.

Under a sanctuary city law, San Francisco authorities released him from custody three months before the shooting, instead of turning him over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The.40-caliber Sig Sauer handgun had been stolen from an off-duty U.S. Bureau of Land Management ranger's vehicle in San Francisco days before the shooting.

San Francisco is a so-called sanctuary city and local officials are limited in the cooperation they can give with federal deportation efforts. Zarate told authorities that he specifically went to San Francisco because it was a sanctuary city.

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