Kate Steinle shooting: Federal grand jury indicts Garcia Zarate

Kate Steinle shooting: Federal grand jury indicts Garcia Zarate

Kate Steinle shooting: Federal grand jury indicts Garcia Zarate

An alternate juror who sat through a murder trial that prompted a fierce immigration debate says he agrees with the jury's decision to acquit a Mexican man of murder for the shooting death of a San Francisco woman two years ago.

Garcia-Zarate, 54, will now face federal charges for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, as well as for being an illegally present alien in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

The state conviction carries a maximum sentence of three years in jail.

The federal charges were announced through a news release from US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, US Attorney from the Northern District of California Brian Stretch and Jill Snyder, a special agent in charge at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Prosecutors said Garcia Zarate deliberately fired into an unsuspecting crowd on the pier in July 2015, killing Steinle as she walked with her father. However, he was found guilty of possession of a firearm by a felon.

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

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate is now wanted in two federal districts following his acquittal on murder and manslaughter counts in San Francisco last week. "I stand for what this city stands for", he added. The indictment charges Garcia Zarate, 47, with handling a semi-automaic pistol and multiple rounds of ammunition on July 1, 2015, the day Steinle was shot and killed on San Francisco's Pier 14.

The Justice Department indictment makes no mention of the state's murder or manslaughter charges of which Zarate was acquitted. The bullet ricocheted off the concrete walkway before hitting Steinle in the back.

Kate Steinle was gunned down by an illegal alien who told authorities he specifically went to San Francisco because it was a sanctuary city.

San Francisco is a sanctuary city, with local law enforcement officials barred from cooperating with federal immigration authorities.

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