Illegal Immigrant Faces Federal Charges in Kate Steinle's Death

  • Illegal Immigrant Faces Federal Charges in Kate Steinle's Death

Illegal Immigrant Faces Federal Charges in Kate Steinle's Death

Garcia Zarate was charged with murder and related crimes for the death of Kathryn Steinle on San Francisco's waterfront in 2015.

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 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 jury found Garcia Zarate guilty of being a felon in possession of a handgun, which was stolen from a U.S. Bureau of Land Management ranger's auto four days before Steinle's death.

Garcia-Zarate, who is now in custody on state charges after last week's verdict, could face up to 10 years in jail if convicted on either charge, after consideration of s federal sentence-imposition statute adn other guidelines.

But when the district attorney dropped that charge, Garcia Zarate was released despite a request by federal immigration authorities to detain him for deportation.

Prior to Tuesday's charges, federal authorities were reportedly seeking to get custody of Garcia Zarate and ultimately deport him.

George Gascón, district attorney for the city and county of San Francisco, would not comment on the developments but talked to reporters about the recent trial. The bullet ricocheted off the concrete walkway before hitting Steinle in the back. He was convicted of being a felon in a possession of a firearm, punishable by 16 months to 3 years in prison.

The shooting sparked a national debate over immigration Because Garcia Zarate was deported to his native Mexico five times before he was arrested a few hours after the shooting.

The.40-caliber Sig Sauer handgun had been stolen from an off-duty U.S. Bureau of Land Management ranger's vehicle in San Francisco days before the shooting.

Trump called the verdict "disgraceful", while Sessions said San Francisco's status as a sanctuary city was largely to blame for what happened.