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Kate Steinle's Parents Sue Ex-San Francisco Sheriff, Feds in Daughter's Death

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James Steinle and Elizabeth Sullivan, parents of Kate Steinle. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 27 May 2016 03:47 PM

The parents of Kate Steinle, who was shot to death on a San Francisco pier last year, sued federal and city officials Friday — saying that the illegal immigrant charged with killing her would have been kept in custody and deported if they had done their jobs.

Former San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement were named in the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, SFgate.com reports.

In the lawsuit, James Steinle and Elizabeth Sullivan contend that Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, the Mexican immigrant who admitted to shooting their daughter, was freed from jail because of mistakes by ICE and Mirkarimi.

Steinle, 32, was gunned down on July 1 while walking with her father at a popular tourist attraction on the San Francisco waterfront.

Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, 45, an illegal immigrant with seven felony convictions who had been deported to Mexico five times, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Steinle's death.

He was released from federal prison in March after a felony conviction for re-entering the United States illegally. Lopez-Sanchez was transferred to the custody of the San Francisco Sheriff's Department on a drug arrest warrant and ICE officials had asked to be notified before his release.

Citing San Francisco's sanctuary cities law, however, Mirkarimi barred deputies from cooperating with ICE orders to hold immigrants for possible deportation.

Lopez-Sanchez has said that the shooting was an accident, saying that the bullet bounced off the pavement before striking Steinle.

He had fired from a .40-caliber service revolver that had been stolen four days earlier from an agent for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management who had left the weapon in a backpack in clear view on the back seat of his car.

Lopez-Sanchez has said that he found the gun. He is not accused of stealing it, SFgate reports.

The Bureau of Land Management is also named in the lawsuit.

The action also accuses Mirkarimi of violating city and state law, citing San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee's statement after the shooting that the sanctuary cities policy did not stop the sheriff's office from notifying federal officials.

Regarding ICE, the lawsuit contends that officials knew of Mirkarimi's policy and that he would not honor immigration holds when they turned Lopez-Sanchez over to the city.

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The parents of Kate Steinle, who was shot to death on a San Francisco pier last year, sued federal and city officials Friday — saying that the illegal immigrant charged with killing her would have been kept in custody and deported if they had done their jobs.
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