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Illegal Immigrant Faces Federal Charges in Kate Steinle's Death

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By    |   Tuesday, 05 December 2017 10:26 PM

The illegal immigrant who was acquitted last week in the shooting death Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier in 2015 was indicted Tuesday on federal charges, the Justice Department said.

Jose Ines Garcia-Zarate, 47, was indicted by a federal grand jury in San Francisco on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and for being an illegally present alien in possession of a firearm and ammunition, the agency said in a statement.

The statement was signed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, U.S. Attorney Brian Stretch and Jill Snyder, special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

A San Francisco jury acquitted Garcia-Zarate Thursday of murder and other charges in connection with Steinle's shooting death in July 2015.

He was, however, convicted of possessing a firearm as a felon.

Sessions slammed the verdict Friday, telling Fox News that "it's time for this country to get its head on straight" because sanctuary cities like San Francisco "should not be protecting criminal aliens."

He added that Garcia-Zarate would ultimately be deported.

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.

Garcia-Zarate did not deny shooting Steinle and said it was an accident.

He currently is in state custody on other charges, the Justice Department statement said, and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison on the new counts.

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The illegal immigrant who was acquitted last week in the shooting death Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier in 2015 was indicted Tuesday on federal charges, the Justice Department said.
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