A jury lets Kate Steinle’s killer off the hook by finding him not guilty of murder, but that wasn’t the end of the road when it came to the legal consequences he faced. Even though Jose Ines Garcia Zarate wasn’t found guilty of murder, there was still a chance that he would find himself behind bars. That’s because, according to a warrant issued by the U.S. District Court for the western district of Texas, Zarate was subject to supervised released beginning March 26th, 2015. That probation barred him from committing another crime and from possessing a firearm – terms he was obviously bound by when he killed Steinle in the sanctuary city San Francisco.
It was shocking that a jury couldn’t reach a consensus on a gun crime in San Francisco of all places. On the other hand, the defense tried to argue that Zarate’s gun discharged itself accidentally, and only those with the politics of someone in San Francisco could actually believe that’s possible.
Meanwhile, ICE also said that they had planned on deporting Zarate for the sixth time and it was unclear if that would conflict with implementing any legal consequences available. It looks like the latter will indeed happen and Zarate could be up the creek without an American paddle to save him.
According to Downtrend, on Wednesday, “a federal grand jury indicted him for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and for being an illegally present alien in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The indictments could result in a ten-year prison sentence.”
This came after the Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced it is charging Zarate with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and being an illegally present alien in possession of a firearm and ammunition. With President Donald Trump himself speaking out against the verdict from the San Francisco trial, it’s clear his administration has a vested interest in punishing Zarate – something the jury should’ve done first.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the grand jury’s indictment. While acquitted on murder charges, he’s now facing federal firearm charges.
“According to the indictment, on July 1, 2015, Garcia-Zarate, a citizen of Mexico who reportedly is 47 years old, possessed a semi-automatic pistol and multiple rounds of ammunition in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1) (felon in possession of a firearm) and 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(5) (unlawfully present alien in possession of a firearm),” a Justice Department statement reads.
“Garcia-Zarate currently is in state custody on other charges,” the statement adds. “If convicted of either violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g), Garcia-Zarate faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison.”
A federal grand jury indicted Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and for being "an illegally present alien in possession of a firearm and ammunition," according to announcement from the Justice Department.
Zarate will not go to jail for as long as he should be, or for the charge he should’ve been found guilty of, but some justice will be served. Don’t be fooled for a minute in thinking that Zarate would have seen prison time under another administration.
The next step in this ordeal is battling the cities who protect illegal immigrant criminals with sanctuary city status.