Illegal Migrant Acquitted In Kate Steinle Shooting Death Gets Time Served For Federal Gun Charges

Written by K. Walker on June 7, 2022

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The senseless 2015 death of Kate Steinle gripped the nation and became a flashpoint in the debate over illegal immigration.

While walking on a San Francisco pier in July 2015 with her father and a family friend, Kathryn “Kate” Steinle, 32, was struck in the back by a bullet from a gun in the possession of an illegal migrant who had been deported five times.

A week before the shooting, the gun had been stolen from a Bureau of Land Management ranger’s car.

The man who shot her was 51-year-old Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate, a Mexican national, who had admitted that he was holding the gun that killed Steinle, but said that it had accidentally fired when he picked it up from underneath a bench.

Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate, an illegal immigrant who was acquitted of murder in the 2015 shooting death of Kate Steinle, was sentenced to the seven years he has already spent behind bars on Monday after pleading guilty to federal weapons charges earlier this year.

The 51-year-old Mexican national will now be transported to Texas to face charges for failing to report his location to immigration officials in a separate case.

In 2017, a jury had acquitted Garcia-Zarate of murder in a San Francisco Superior Court but convicted him of being a felon in possession of a weapon. The conviction on the state weapons charge was overturned on appeal in 2019, but a federal weapons charge was still pending.

The federal weapons charges had been pending for five years amid concerns about Garcia-Zarate’s ability to stand trial. Two doctors have diagnosed him with schizophrenia, but the Bureau of Prisons “restored the defendant to competency” last June, U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria said.
Source: Fox News

In Monday’s hearing, Judge Chhabria told Garcia-Zarate, “If you return to this country again and you are back in front of me, I will not spare you. Let this be your last warning: do not return to this country.”

Seriously?!

The judge gives the guy yet another warning? After his actions killed a young woman and he shouldn’t have even been in the country in the first place? And now he’s getting time served for a federal weapons charge?

What a freaking joke!

Perhaps if San Francisco wasn’t so soft on criminals, it wouldn’t be such an absolute crap-hole.

But then, what do you expect from the Progressive version of Mecca?

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