The case of Kate Steinle’s murder just took a new twist with the expected sentence of “time served” for the seven-time felon who murdered Steinle in cold blood. Garcia Zarate has public defenders pulling out all the stops to keep him out of jail. This is sickening…
The illegal immigrant and seven-time felon who was acquitted of murder and assault in the 2015 San Francisco fatal shooting of 32-year old Kate Steinle is expected to be sentenced to time served for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The case sparked national debate over immigration reform and so-called Sanctuary Cities that shield illegals from deportation, of which San Francisco is one.
FELONY POSSESSION VERDICT:
The felony possession was the only conviction to come out of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate’s trial in November. The jury decided Steinle’s death, the result of a ricochet bullet fired from roughly 100 feet away, was an accident.
The defense has filed a motion to get the conviction dismissed, arguing Garcia Zarate, 45, didn’t know he had a gun in his hand until it discharged, and then he quickly tossed it into the bay.
San Francisco public defender Matt Gonzales says the judge should have instructed the jurors that a momentary possession of a firearm does not meet the requirement for a conviction.
At Friday hearing, Judge Samuel Feng is expected to deny the motion to dismiss, and the defense has promised to appeal.
In the meantime, Garcia Zarate will soon be turned over to U.S. Marshals to face new charges in federal court, under an indictment handed down on Dec. 5.
A federal grand jury has charged Garcia Zarate with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and being an “illegally present alien” in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Public defender Matt Gonzales told reporters the new charges are “discriminatory,” and a reaction by administration officials upset over his client’s acquittal of murder and assault.
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