Kate Steinle case gunman indicted on federal weapons charges

07 December, 2017, 03:01 | Author: Salvatore Jensen
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Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, who was acquitted last week of state murder and involuntary manslaughter charges, was charged Tuesday with one count of a felon in possession of firearm and one count of an immigrant in possession of a firearm.

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.

Garcia Zarate, a Mexican citizen who has previous convictions for nonviolent drug charges and returning to the country after deportation, had been released from San Francisco jail a few months before the shooting without notification to federal authorities.

If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in a federal prison, according to the Department of Justice. He has been in jail since the day of the shooting.

Defense lawyers for Garcia Zarate said Monday they will appeal the state charge for which he was convicted.

Garcia Zarate has been deported and had returned to the United States five times. 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.




Jurors left court last week without speaking publicly about their verdict and Gascon said they have not spoken with prosecutors either.

"Those who are using this for political benefits, to attack San Francisco and San Francisco values, I only say that this is an incredible city". Garcia Zarate claimed the shooting was accidental. He said it fired accidentally when he picked it up.

That case drew national attention after then-candidate Donald Trump raised it as a justification for his proposed crackdown on illegal immigration and sanctuary cities.

The case also caught the attention of presidential candidate Donald Trump a year ago, who used it to highlight crime committed by undocumented immigrants during his campaign.

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

President Trump has threatened to withhold federal funding from cities with similar policies.

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