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

Defendant in Kate Steinle case indicted on federal firearm possession charges

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 in San Francisco indicted Jose Ines Garcia Zarate Tuesday on one count each of felon in possession of a firearm and of "being an alien illegally and unlawfully in the United States" in possession of a gun and ammunition, according to the indictment.

Garcia Zarate, now in the San Francisco County Jail, was found not guilty last week of all homicide charges in the July 2015 death of Kate Steinle. Garcia Zarate is to be sentenced in state court December 14.

The charges, being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and possessing a firearm and ammunition as an illegal alien, could bring Zarate a 10-year prison sentence.

Last Thursday, Garcia Zarate was found not guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and manslaughter in the homicide case of Steinle.

The alien had been deported five times and was wanted for a sixth deportation when Steinle was fatally shot in the back while walking with her father on the pier.

The not-guilty verdict in the controversial case came as a surprise to the victim's family and many Americans.

The 47-year-old said the firearm accidentally fired when he picked it up, and the bullet ricocheted off the ground before it struck Steinle, a 32-year-old medical device saleswoman.

Garcia-Zarate is a seven-time convicted felon and had been deported from the US five times.

Steinle's death, which occurred during the presidential campaign, sparked harsh criticism of San Francisco's policies as a sanctuary city.

President Trump also chimed in, tweeting, "A disgraceful verdict in the Kate Steinle case!"

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