#1 Court Reverses Gun Conviction of Illegal Immigrant Who Killed Kate Steinle by Cincinnatus 31.08.2019 02:20

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On Friday, a California state appeals court threw out the felony gun conviction against Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate, the illegal immigrant who fatally shot 32-year-old Kate Steinle on July 1, 2015, on the San Francisco waterfront. Garcia-Zarate was previously acquitted of murder in the killing of Steinle, but was convicted of felony possession of a firearm.

"The case against Garcia-Zarate, who was in the country illegally and had been deported five times, touched off a fierce immigration debate that was a fixture in Donald Trump's stump speeches in his 2016 presidential campaign.

The 1st District Court of Appeal overturned the gun conviction because the judge failed to give the jury the option of acquitting Garcia-Zarate on the theory he only possessed the weapon for a moment.

Garcia-Zarate said he unwittingly picked up the gun wrapped in a T-shirt, and it fired accidentally. The bullet ricocheted off a concrete walkway and struck Steinle, who was with her dad and a family friend.

At the time, Garcia-Zarate had recently been released from the county jail while facing deportation proceedings. He was released under San Francisco's so-called sanctuary city policy that barred local law enforcement officials from cooperating with most federal immigration investigations."



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