Illegal immigrant acquitted in Steinle killing accuses feds of ‘vindictive prosecution’

Illegal immigrant acquitted in Steinle killing accuses feds of ‘vindictive prosecution’

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Jose Garcia-Zarate, the illegal immigrant who was acquitted in the death of 32-year-old Kate Steinle in December, is accusing the federal government of “vindictive prosecution and collusion” in its decision to pursue further charges against him.

Garcia-Zarate was acquitted in November of first and second degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the July 2015 shooting death of Steinle at the San Francisco pier. The case became a political lightning rod in the national debate over sanctuary city laws and illegal immigration.

Zarate had been released from a San Francisco jail a few months before the shooting, despite a request by immigration authorities to detain him for deportation – leading to scrutiny and criticism of the city’s “sanctuary city” laws.

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Steinle was walking with her father on Pier 14 in San Francisco in July 2015 when she was shot. Garcia-Zarate’s legal team argued that he found the stolen weapon on the pier, and it fired accidentally. The bullet bounced off the pier before hitting Steinle. Garcia-Zarate was found guilty of possessing a firearm by a felon.

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