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Undocumented immigrant acquitted in shooting that sparked sanctuary-city debate

Undocumented immigrant acquitted in shooting that sparked sanctuary-city debate

"While the State of California sought a murder charge for the man who caused Ms. Steinle's death-a man who would not have been on the streets of San Francisco if the city simply honored an ICE detainer-the people ultimately convicted him of felon in possession of a firearm".

Known as Kate, she was walking along the pier when she was struck by a bullet and died in her father's arms.

During the presidential race, then-candidate Donald Trump cited the killing as a reason to toughen USA immigration policies.

A jury on Thursday found Jose Ines Garcia Zarate not guilty in the death of Kate Steinle, a case that sparked a nationwide debate on immigration.

The semi-automatic handgun used to kill Steinle was stolen from a federal Bureau of Land Management ranger a week before the shooting.

San Francisco prosecutors told the Superior Court jury that Garcia Zarate intentionally brought the gun to the pier that day with the intent of doing harm, aimed the gun toward Steinle and pulled the trigger.

Zarate's defense lawyer, Francisco Ugarte, remarked that the death of Steinle was an "incomprehensible tragedy" but also commented that the ruling was a vindication for immigrants.

The case against Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, who immigrated illegally to the United States, became a rallying cry for President Donald Trump during his campaign for the White House, as he pushed to halt illegal immigration and penalize so-called sanctuary cities, including San Francisco.

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The jury considered first-degree and second-degree murder charges, as well as involuntary manslaughter charges against Garcia Zarate, but, after six days of deliberation, found the 45-year-old Mexican citizen guilty only of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

A large photo of Kate Steinle is shown while her dad Jim Steinle testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, July 21, 2015 in Washington, DC.

The defendant had been deported five times.He was scheduled for a sixth deportation in 2015 while he was in federal custody for felony reentry.

But he told jurors that Garcia Zarate had no motivation to kill Steinle and as terrible as her death was, "nothing you do is going to fix that".

That charge was dismissed by San Francisco prosecutors after he arrived. Under local sanctuary city rules, local law enforcement won't hold a person beyond the term of their incarceration. She was a 32-year-old medical equipment saleswoman.

Since taking office, President Donald Trump's administration has tightened immigration enforcement and warned sanctuary cities they could lose funding if they refuse to cooperate with federal authorities.

Several months after Steinle's death, Trump claimed that she had been shot five times. "It's disconcerting", Brad Steinle told CNN's Anderson Cooper.


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