The undocumented Mexican nationwide acquitted within the killing of Kate Steinle will face federal prices related to the lethal and highly-politicized capturing in San Francisco, the US Division of Justice introduced Tuesday.
Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was indicted in by a federal grand jury on federal prices of being a felon in possession of a firearm and being an illegally current alien in possession of a firearm, in response to data.
If convicted, he may resist 10 years in a federal jail, in response to the Division of Justice.
The costs towards Garcia Zarate have been filed simply days after he was acquitted of homicide in San Francisco in a case that caught nationwide consideration and have become a rallying level for critics of “sanctuary metropolis” insurance policies. Garcia Zarate was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The case additionally caught the eye of presidential candidate Donald Trump final yr, who used it to spotlight crime dedicated by undocumented immigrants throughout his marketing campaign.
President Trump slammed the jury choice within the case final week, writing in a tweet, “No surprise the folks of our Nation are so indignant with unlawful Immigration.”
Garcia Zarate had been deported 5 occasions earlier than the 2015 capturing.
Protection attorneys for Garcia Zarate argued the gun, which had been stolen from the automotive of a Bureau of Land Administration ranger, was by accident fired by Garcia Zarate. The bullet had ricocheted off the concrete walkway earlier than placing Steinle, they identified.
Prosecutors argued that the undocumented immigrant had introduced the gun with him to the pier and pointed it at Steinle after sitting on the pier for greater than 20 minutes.