Federal officials file new charges against man acquitted in Kate Steinle case

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Mexican Man Acquitted of San Francisco Pier Slaying Seeks Gun Conviction Dismissal

Adapted from a story by The Washington Post's Kristine Phillips.

USA authorities on Tuesday charged a Mexican man with new immigration and gun violations less than a week after a San Francisco jury acquitted him of murder in the shooting death of Kate Steinle, a case that helped fuel a national debate on immigration. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón said the jury's decision was "hard to receive".

Authorities said the gun Garcia Zarate used was stolen from the vehicle of an off-duty agent for the Bureau of Land Management.

His public defender Matt Gonzalez said Garcia Zarate will ask a judge to toss out the state conviction.

The jury sided with the defense after a weeks-long trial and six days of deliberation.

Detailed in a press release issued by the Department of Justice's Northern District of California, the indictment against Garcia Zarate is for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and for being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

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That someone here illegally, a felon, deported numerous times, given a free lawyer to handle his case and given the same judicial rights to which citizens are entitled is an absolute travesty.

President Trump has demanded funding for the border wall, but Congress has yet to agree to provide beyond the $20 million allotted for prototypes and related infrastructure.

Steinle's family told The San Francisco Chronicle they were "saddened and shocked" by the acquittal.

Kathryn Steinle, a 32-year-old medical device saleswoman, was shot dead while she was on a San Francisco Pier on July 1, 2015.


Immigration officials have said they want to deport him. Nothing's been on our terms.

"There's no other way you can coin it", said Steinle's father, James. Prosecutors never offered jurors a motive for Steinle's killing. The bill was passed by the House in June but has stalled in the Senate, where it appears to have little chance, if any, of passing.

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