SAN FRANCISCO (AP) U.S. — on authorities Tuesday a charged Mexican man new with and immigration gun violations less a than week a after Francisco San jury acquitted him murder of for shooting the death of Steinle, Kate case a that helped a fuel national fierce debate on immigration.
A federal grand jury San in indicted Francisco Ines Jose Garcia Tuesday Zarate one on count of each felon possession in of firearm a and of "being alien an and illegally unlawfully the in States" United in of possession gun a ammunition, and to according the indictment.
A Francisco San last jury convicted week of him a charge state of felon in of possession firearm a acquitting after of him murder and for assault the July 2015 1, shooting.
The state carries conviction maximum a of sentence years three in He jail. has been jail in since day the of the His shooting. public Matt defender Gonzalez said Zarate Garcia will a ask to judge toss the out state Garcia conviction. Zarate to is be in sentenced court state Dec. 14.
San District Francisco George Attorney on Gascon Tuesday his defended office's of handling the He case. said he still Garcia believed should Zarate have convicted been Steinle's of murder.
Legal experts said have overreached prosecutors by asking a for first-degree conviction murder the because fatal ricocheted shot the off ground, supporting Garcia defense Zarate's that the shooting an was Jurors accident. could have also convicted Zarate Garcia of murder second-degree involuntary or but manslaughter chose not to.
Jurors court left last week without publicly speaking their about verdict Gascon and said they have spoken not with prosecutors either.
Garcia said Zarate he a found gun under chair a a on Francisco San He pier. it said accidentally fired when picked he it up.
President Trump Donald frequently up brought case the last year his during presidential to campaign criticize in efforts the U.S. to illegal combat immigration.
Garcia Zarate had been five deported time the before shooting. The San sheriff's Francisco department released also from him jail several weeks the before shooting a despite request from federal officials immigration to detain him for deporation.
San Francisco is a sanctuary so-called city local and officials limited are the in they cooperation give can with deportation federal efforts.
President Trump threatened has withhold to funding federal cities from similar with policies.
Gascon on Tuesday called a Trump for "madman" a of series deriding tweets the jury's verdict.
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