SAN FRANCISCO – US authorities on Tuesday accused a Mexican of new weapons and immigration violations less than a week after he was acquitted by a San Francisco jury for murder death of Kate Steinle, a case that helped fuel a fierce national debate over immigration. A federal grand jury in San Francisco on Tuesday accused José Inés García Zárate of one count of each of a criminal in possession of a firearm and of "being a foreigner illegally and illegally in the United States" in possession of a weapon and ammunition, according to the accusation.
A San Francisco jury convicted her last week of a state criminal offense in possession of a firearm after she was acquitted of murder and assault by the July 1, 2015 shooting.
State conviction It carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison. He has been in jail since the day of the shooting. His public defender, Matt Gonzalez, said Garcia Zarate will ask a judge to reject the state's conviction. García Zarate will be sentenced in a state court on December 14.
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon defended the handling of the case by his office on Tuesday. He said he still believed that García Zárate should have been convicted of Steinle's murder. "We feel, and still do, that we have evidence of a murder case," Gascon said.
Legal experts have said prosecutors overcame a first-degree murder conviction because the fatal shot bounced on the ground, supporting García Zarate's defense that the shooting was an accident. The members of the jury could also have condemned García Zárate for second-degree murder or involuntary manslaughter, but decided not to do so.
The jurors left last week without speaking publicly about their verdict and Gascon said they had not talked to prosecutors either.
García Zárate said he found a gun under a chair on a pier in San Francisco. He said he accidentally fired when he picked it up.
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García Zárate had been deported five times before the shooting. The San Francisco sheriff's department also released him from jail several weeks before the shooting despite a request from federal immigration officials. That he be detained for his deportation.
San Francisco is a sanctuary city and local officials are limited in the cooperation it can provide with federal deportation efforts.
Mr. Trump has threatened to withhold federal funds from cities with similar policies.
Gascon called Mr. Trump "crazy" on Tuesday for a series of tweets that ridicule the jury's verdict
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