The predominately millennial jury in the Kate Steinle murder trial was laser-focused on the gun that was shot by the illegal alien from Mexico who caused the California woman’s death.
On Thursday, the jury in the Steinle murder trial found five-time deported and seven-time felon illegal alien Jose Garcia Zarate, also known as Juan Francisco López-Sánchez, not guilty on homicide charges that he murdered the 32-year-old, despite his previous admission to shooting and killing Steinle while she was walking on a pier with her father.
Instead, the jury found Zarate guilty of a felony for possessing the stolen gun that was used to kill Steinle. The weapons charge only holds a maximum prison sentence of about three years.
While deliberating the high-profile case, the jury — which was not sequestered and was stacked with 20 to 30-something-year-olds, as well as three foreign-born residents — focused primarily on the weapon, rather than the illegal alien.
On the day that the jury revealed their verdict, they had multiple questions about Zarate’s stolen gun, according to ABC 7 News.
“They could be curious about the amount of force it takes to pull the trigger because the defense argued the gun went off by accident. And the prosecution argued that the gun was designed not to go off by accident and that it takes significant pressure to pull the trigger,” said legal analyst John Creighton.
The defense asked the jury to ask the judge to be allowed to hold the gun and pull the trigger. But during instructions, the judge made it very clear to the jury that they would not be allowed to “experiment” with any of the evidence.
Ultimately, the jury found Zarate not guilty of first and second-degree murder, as well as negligent homicide, meaning jurors believed that the illegal alien accidentally found the gun and it accidentally fired rounds into the San Francisco crowd and ricochetted and hit Steinle, killing her.
In 2015, a local news station interviewed Zarate. In this interview, the illegal alien admitted that he had relocated to San Francisco because of its sanctuary city policy.
“Sanchez said he knew San Francisco was a sanctuary city where he would not be pursued by immigration officials,” the report added.
Since Steinle’s death in 2015, the state of California has become a sanctuary state, Breitbart California reported in October, allowing illegal aliens to roam freely across the West Coast region without being detained or deported by federal immigration officials.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has committed to deporting — for the sixth time — the illegal alien who caused Steinle’s death, as Breitbart News reported.
Steinle’s death has not only caused a national debate on immigration policy, but the killing has galvanized a grassroots movements of pro-American immigration reformers and Angel Parents — the family members of Americans killed by illegal aliens — to demand a crackdown on illegal immigration and a legal immigration policy that puts the jobs, needs, and lives of Americans first.
John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.