Illegal Alien Now Faces Federal Charges in Kate Steinle's Death

By Susan Jones | December 6, 2017 | 7:28 AM EST

On July 1, 2015, Garcia-Zarate fired the bullet that ricocheted and killed Kate Steinle. (Photo: Screen shot/YouTube)

(CNSNews.com) - A federal grand jury in San Francisco on Tuesday indicted Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition; and for being an illegal alien in possessions of a firearm and ammunition.

On July 1, 2015, Garcia-Zarate fired the bullet that ricocheted and killed Kate Steinle, a woman walking on a San Francisco pier with her father.

Last week, a San Francisco jury acquitted Garcia-Zarate on murder and manslaughter charges, but it did convict him on state charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is still in state custody.

Garcia-Zarate had been deported five times from the United States at the time of Kate's death. He was homeless, and the only reason he was wandering the streets is because of San Francisco's sanctuary city status, meaning it does not cooperate with immigration detainers.

The verdict by a San Francisco jury outraged many Americans, including President Trump, who called the verdict "disgraceful."

If Garcia-Zarate is convicted on either of the federal charges, he faces a maximum of ten years in prison, the Justice Department said.

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