SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Federal authorities have charged Jose Ines Garcia Zarate Tuesday with new immigration and gun violations less than a week after a San Francisco jury acquitted him of murder for the shooting death of Kate Steinle.
Garcia Zarate was indicted Tuesday with two gun charges. A San Francisco jury convicted him of a state charge of felon in possession of a firearm after acquitting him of murder and assault for the July 1, 2015 shooting.
The state conviction carries a maximum sentence of three years in jail. He has been in jail since the day of the shooting.
His public defender Matt Gonzalez said Garcia Zarate will ask a judge to toss out the state conviction.
The shooting sparked a national debate over immigration Because Garcia Zarate was deported to his native Mexico five times before he was arrested a few hours after the shooting.
Garcia Zarate said a gun he found accidentally fired when he picked it up.
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