The seven-time felon, five-time deported illegal alien acquitted of murdering 32-year-old Kate Steinle in 2015 has pleaded guilty to federal gun charges, prosecutors revealed on Tuesday.
Following Steinle’s 2015 killing on a pier in San Francisco, California, 51-year-old illegal alien Jose Garcia Zarate was charged with her murder after being caught on surveillance footage running from the shooting.
After his arrest, Garcia Zarate admitted to shooting and killing Steinle, who was walking on the pier at the time with her father, saying he chose San Francisco because it was a sanctuary city that shields criminal illegal aliens from arrest and deportation by federal immigration officials.
On November 30, 2017, Garcia Zarate was found not guilty of murdering Steinle.
Following the verdict, Garcia Zarate was hit with federal gun charges for having a firearm while in the United States illegally. In February 2020, as Breitbart News reported, Garcia Zarate had initially been deemed mentally unfit to stand trial for the charges, but last month, a doctor found him fit for trial.
“The charges are because I was in the country illegally and I had a firearm,” Garcia Zarate said through an interpreter.
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