Federal authorities have announced new charges against the illegal alien who was acquitted less than a week ago in the murder of Kate Steinle. Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, 45, has now been indicted by the Department of Justice on felony possession of a firearm and ammunition, as well as possessing a firearm as an illegal alien; violations which carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
The five-time deportee and convicted felon was found not guilty of the murder charges, but was found guilty of possessing a firearm as a felon, which carries a penalty of three years. Jurors believed Garcia Zarate found a gun on a San Francisco pier two years ago and accidentally discharged the weapon. The stray bullet ricocheted off the concrete and struck Steinle in the back as she walked with her family. She died in her father’s arms. The suspect’s lawyers plan on appealing the guilty verdict.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement plan on sending Garcia Zarate back to Mexico after all is said and done, but these new federal charges hope to punish him before he goes.
ICE Deputy Director Tom Homan also chided San Francisco for harboring the criminal alien instead of honoring the agencies request to get him out of the country and thus preventing the murder:
“San Francisco's policy of refusing to honor ICE detainers is a blatant threat to public safety and undermines the rule of law. This tragedy could have been prevented if San Francisco had turned the alien over to ICE, as we requested, instead of releasing him back onto the streets."
Garcia Zarate was released from a San Francisco jail three months before the shooting. The city continues proudly offering sanctuary to other criminal aliens with no second thoughts of public safety.