The U.S. Justice Department charged Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, who was acquitted last week of most state charges in the murder of Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier. The city’s top prosecutor, George Gascón, lamented that the “case has been used as a political stunt.”
The undocumented immigrant who fatally shot Kate Steinle at a popular San Francisco tourist spot two years ago has been indicted on two federal charges in connection with the controversial case, CNN reports. Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, who was acquitted last week of state murder and involuntary manslaughter charges, was charged Tuesday with one count of a felon in possession of firearm and one count of an immigrant in possession of a firearm. Garcia Zarate’s acquittal death prompted a firestorm of criticism from President Trump and conservatives toward San Francisco, a so-called sanctuary city. Garcia Zarate was found guilty on a state charge of being a felon is possession of a firearm and could face up to three years in prison.
Garcia Zarate claimed the shooting was accidental. Garcia Zarate is from Mexico and has been deported from the U.S. five times. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, district attorney for the city and county of San Francisco observed that, “From the day the murder happened, (the) case has been used as a political stunt … It pains me to watch politicians and candidates use the tragedy of this event for political gain.” Gascón called out Trump, who called the verdict a “travesty of justice,” the district attorney saying that “we shouldn’t allow a madman that is tweeting dictate everything we do.”