Feds indict SF immigrant acquitted in Kate Steinle's death

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Kate Steinle was gunned down by an illegal alien who told authorities he specifically went to San Francisco because it was a sanctuary city.

In the state's murder and manslaughter case against Zarate, his defense lawyers said he found the weapon and it accidently discharged, shooting Steinle as he held it.

Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate, 47, a native of Mexico, was charged with two federal crimes Tuesday: being a felon in possession of a firearm and being an illegally present alien in possession of a firearm.

The new charges come less than a week after a San Francisco jury acquitted Jose Ines Garcia Zarate of homicide for the shooting death of Kate Steinle, a case that helped fuel a fierce national debate on immigration.

Garcia-Zarate is not yet represented by counsel.

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon was critical on Tuesday of the federal charges - saying the Trump administration has turned the Zarate case into a "political football".

His public defender Matt Gonzalez said Garcia Zarate will ask a judge to toss out the state conviction.

President Trump called the verdict "a total miscarriage of justice".

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Defense attorneys for Garcia Zarate argued the gun, which had been stolen from the auto of a Bureau of Land Management ranger, was accidentally fired by Garcia Zarate.

Garcia Zarate's defense attorneys say they will appeal that conviction which carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison.

Before Steinle's death in July 2015, Garcia Zarate was deported five times; at the time of the shooting he was wanted for a sixth deportation on drug-related felonies.

30 rejected charges of first- and second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, and assault with a semiautomatic pistol.

President Donald Trump frequently brought up the case a year ago during his presidential campaign to criticize efforts in the U.S.to combat illegal immigration. The San Francisco sheriff's department also released him from jail several weeks before the shooting despite a request from federal immigration officials to detain him for deporation.

San Francisco is one of 200 sanctuary cities around the country, so the local police don't have to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

In San Francisco, reaction to the not-guilty verdict persists.

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