The criminal illegal who murdered Kate Steinle in San Francisco has been given time served and freed despite his heinous crimes.
The 32-year-old Steinle was callously shot down in 2015 by illegal immigrant José Inez García-Zárate while out walking on San Francisco’s Pier 24 with her father.
By 2017, a left-wing San Francisco jury found García-Zárate innocent of murder or manslaughter.
Garcia-Zarate had been deported five times and convicted of seven felonies before killing Steinle, but was only convicted of being an ex-felon in possession of a gun. He admitted to pulling the trigger.
A California federal judge on Monday sentenced the Mexican man acquitted of murder in the 2015 shooting death of a woman on a San Francisco pier to the seven years he’s already spent in jail — bringing to a legal close the case that ignited a national firestorm over immigration, crime and sanctuary cities.
Jose Inez Garcia Zarate was in the U.S. illegally when Kate Steinle, 32, was fatally shot along a crowded Pier 14 where she was walking with her father and a family friend. He faces deportation and U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria told him to never return to the U.S.
“If you return to this country again and you are back in front of me, I will not spare you. Let this be your last warning: do not return to this country,” Chhabria said before sentencing Garcia Zarate to the time he has already served.
Garcia Zarate will be sent to Texas, where he faces a federal judge for failing to report his location when he was released from a San Francisco jail shortly before the shooting. He had been deported five times and was on track to be removed from the U.S. again when he shot Steinle.
The maximum sentence on the firearms charges was 10 years. Prosecutors agreed to the sentence of time served plus three years of probation. Garcia Zarate’s lawyers wanted a shorter sentence so he could apply any time left over in case the judge in Texas imposes additional prison time.
García-Zárate should be in jail for life. Now he’ll be free to break our laws with impunity once again.
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