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New charges for man acquitted of pier shooting

New charges for man acquitted of pier shooting

"San Francisco's decision to protect criminal aliens led to the preventable and heartbreaking death of Kate Steinle". A San Francisco jury found him not guilty of murder on Thursday but he was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Federal firearm charges have been filed against an undocumented immigrant acquitted in San Francisco last week in the shooting death of Kate Steinle.

"A federal grand jury indicted Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate today for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and for being an illegally-present alien in possession of a firearm and ammunition", the Department of Justice announced.

Garcia Zarate had been deported five time before the shooting.

He remains in state custody, according to the indictment.

Garcia Zarate's defense attorneys say they will appeal that conviction which carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison.

His public defender Matt Gonzalez said Garcia Zarate will ask a judge to toss out the state conviction.

Defense attorneys for Garcia Zarate argued the gun, which had been stolen from the vehicle of a Bureau of Land Management ranger, was accidentally fired by Garcia Zarate.

George Gascón, district attorney for the city and county of San Francisco, would not comment on the developments but talked to reporters about the recent trial. Garcia Zarate is to be sentenced in state court December 14.

San Francisco prohibits city law enforcement officers from asking about immigration status or detaining people exclusively on the basis of civil immigration detainers after they are eligible for release. The defense said the weapon went off by accident, and the bullet ricocheted off the ground and traveled about 80 feet before hitting Steinle.

The Justice Department indictment makes no mention of the state's murder or manslaughter charges of which Zarate was acquitted.

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.

Steinle's shooting touched off a national political debate about Sanctuary City policies, which limit cooperation between local law enforcement and immigration authorities.

Trump called the verdict "disgraceful", while Sessions said San Francisco's status as a sanctuary city was largely to blame for what happened.


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