Feds Indict Man Acquitted In Kate Steinle Case
UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT ACQUITTED IN SHOOTING DEATH OF KATE STEINLE NOW FACING FEDERAL WEAPONS CHARGES
(CNN) – The undocumented immigrant acquitted last week in the shooting death of a San Francisco woman is now facing federal charges.
Jose Ines Garcia Zarate is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and being an immigrant in possession of a firearm.
Garcia Zarate was acquitted of murder and involuntary manslaughter charges in the 2015 shooting death of Kate Steinle.
He was found guilty on a state charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and remains in state custody.
Immigration officials have said they want to deport him.
Steinle’s death sparked a national debate on so-called “Sanctuary Cities” after it was revealed San Francisco authorities opted to release him from custody three months before the shooting,
Rather than turn him over to federal immigration officials.
Garcia Zarate had been deported five times before Steinle’s death, and was wanted for a sixth deportation on drug-related felonies.