Illegal Mexican Alien Jose Ines Garcia Not Guilty In Death Of Kate Steinle

On July 1, 2015, Kate Steinle (32)  was shot to death in broad daylight by an illegal alien ( a repeat felon who had been deported five times) in San Francisco while walking on a pier with her father.

Jose Inez Garcia Zarate, an illegal immigrant who had been deported from the U.S. five times, most recently in 2009, and was on probation in Texas at the time, was wandering around the pier and fired one shot from a .40 caliber SIG Sauer P239 handgun that had a seven-cartridge magazine.

The prosecution and defense differed as to what happened; the prosecution stated that Garcia Zarate intentionally aimed a gun at Steinle and fired at her, before throwing the weapon into the bay and fleeing; the defense argued the gun accidentally discharged and the bullet ricocheted on the concrete pier 78 feet before hitting Steinle. The bullet struck Steinle in the back, causing her to scream for help to her father. Despite her father and others performing CPR on her, she died two hours later at San Francisco General Hospital.

Garcia Zarate, who had been released from jail in San Francisco three months before even though federal immigration authorities wanted to detain him for deportation, was arrested about an hour after the shooting at Pier 40; the gun was found in the bay alongside Pier 14 the next day. The gun had been stolen in downtown San Francisco from a Bureau of Land Management ranger’s personal vehicle on June 27, 2015.  DailyWire

“Justice was rendered, but it was not served,” stated Jim Steinle.

As they awaited the verdict in the trial of Kate Steinle’s accused killer, her parents and brother had one overriding wish. It had nothing to do with the severity of the defendant’s conviction.

Above all, they wanted it to mark the end of a public profile they neither sought nor enjoyed. Each media interview, each exploitation of Kate’s name for political gain, each still shot of her smile on television only amplified the anguish of their loss. Yet they also wanted to convey their appreciation for the many strangers who, having heard their story, offered solace and assistance.

“We just want to get this over with and move on with our lives, and think about Kate on our terms. Nothing’s been on our terms. It’s been on everyone else’s terms,” said Jim Steinle, who was strolling with his 32-year-old daughter on a crowded San Francisco pier when she was shot and killed on July 1, 2015. He, his wife, Liz Sullivan, and their son, Brad Steinle, sat down with The Chronicle recently at their longtime East Bay home for an exclusive interview they planned to be their last.

“We have never had a second of anger — not a moment,” Jim said. “Frustration, maybe, and sadness for sure, but no anger and no retaliation or vindictiveness or anything like that. We’re not that kind of people. Even if this guy gets 100 years in prison, it doesn’t solve anything, it doesn’t help anything. We would just like people to know … that’s the Steinles’ feelings.”

They had decided not to attend court to hear the jury’s decision.

Verdict

On Thursday, the verdict arrived: Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was acquitted of all murder and manslaughter charges. He was convicted merely of possession of a firearm.

“We’re just shocked — saddened and shocked … that’s about it,” Jim said “There’s no other way you can coin it. Justice was rendered, but it was not served.”

Brad said he was “not surprised,” considering the “epic failure” that led Garcia Zarate to be released on the streets, and end up with a loaded handgun on the pier that day.

“I’m stunned that they couldn’t even get him on using the weapon,” Brad said…

Brad Steinle said he was “just flabbergasted” by the “culmination of errors” that led to his sister’s death. “Failure No. 1” was the feds’ decision to send Garcia Zarate back to San Francisco on a 20-year-old drug charge, which they should have known would never be prosecuted. The unsecured and loaded gun left in a Bureau of Land Management ranger’s vehicle, which was stolen. And, perhaps worst of all, a sheriff’s policy that allowed the release of a repeat felon who should have been deported.

In Brad’s view, those official actions were at least as responsible as the shooter for Kate’s death…

“I own a handgun,” Brad interjected. “I know that guns don’t just go off. But you have a jury full of people, the vast majority of which probably haven’t shot a gun before and don’t know the intricacies of how a gun works.” SFChronicle

Attorney General Jeff Session

Attorney General Jeff Sessions hit out at lawmakers in California and in sanctuary cities for the decision, in part blaming them for Steinle’s death.

‘When jurisdictions choose to return criminal aliens to the streets rather than turning them over to federal immigration authorities, they put the public’s safety at risk,’ he said in a statement Thursday night.

‘San Francisco’s decision to protect criminal aliens led to the preventable and heartbreaking death of Kate Steinle.  DailyMail

U.S. House Passes ‘Kate’s Law’ And bill Targeting Sanctuary Cities

Great!   Common sense wins.

He should not have been here, and she should not have died,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday, in a final push for Kate’s Law, an earlier version of which was blocked in the Senate last year.

“Our job here is to make sure that those professionals have the tools that they need and the resources that they need to carry out their work and to protect our communities. That is what these measures are all about,” added Ryan.

House Republicans took action Thursday to crack down on illegal immigrants and the cities that shelter them.

One bill passed by the House would deny federal grants to sanctuary cities and another, Kate’s Law, would increase the penalties for deported aliens who try to return to the United States.

Kate’s Law is named for Kate Steinle, a San Francisco woman killed by an illegal immigrant who was in the U.S. despite multiple deportations. The two-year anniversary of her death is on Saturday.

Kate’s Law, which would increase the penalties for deported aliens who try to return to the United States and caught, passed with a vote of 257 to 157, with one Republican voting no and 24 Democrats voting yes…

President Trump called the bill’s passage “good news” in a tweet, adding “House just passed #KatesLaw. Hopefully Senate will follow.”…

The other bill, which would deny federal grants to sanctuary cities, passed with a vote of 228-195 with 3 Democrats voting yes and 7 Republicans voting no.  FoxNews

San Francisco Makes It Harder To Deport Criminal Illegal Aliens

golden gate bridge photoAn illegal align should not be deliberately released for any crime they have committed; violent or otherwise. Those on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, with this measure has spit on Kate Steinle’s grave.

San Francisco leaders have approved legislation that would make it harder to deport illegal immigrants who have been arrested and are in police custody.

The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday in support of a measure that limits conditions under which law enforcement officers would be allowed to contact Immigration and Customs Enforcement to report an illegal immigrant in custody.

The new conditions maintain the alien must have been convicted of a violent crime in the past seven years.

The change to Bay City policy comes 11 months after Kate Steinle’s death last July. A five-time deported Mexican man accidentally shot Steinle with a federal agent’s gun. The incident triggered a national debate about the presence of 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S., including those who have also broken criminal laws…WashingtonExaminer

Senate Democrats Block GOP ‘Kate’s Law’

Kathryn Steinle
Kathryn Steinle

Kate’s Law would have required a five-year minimum prison sentences for undocumented immigrants who re-enter the country after one conviction for a violent felony or two convictions for illegal immigration.

Kate’s Law was attached to legislation removing funding from ‘sanctuary cities’ that  harbor illegal immigrants and restrict local police from cooperating with federal officers in immigration cases.

“San Francisco … commanded their law enforcement, their police department, not to cooperate with federal officials seeking to prosecute immigration issues,” Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) said in a floor speech Tuesday.

“Think about how absurd this is: If federal officials had called the San Francisco Police Department about any other kind of crime — larceny, a burglary, a trademark violation — they would have been happy to cooperate … but because the crime was related to illegal immigration, the San Francisco Police Department’s hands were tied,” he said. “The police were forced to release the man who would then go on to kill Kate Steile.”

Senate Democrats blocked a GOP plan Tuesday.

The bill failed on a 54-45 vote. It needed 60 to advance.

The Stop Sanctuary Cities Act became a lightning rod issue ahead of the vote, as GOP sponsors tried to peel off just a few Democrats to support it while Democratic leaders blasted the legislation as counterproductive. The White House issued a formal veto threat Tuesday morning, while the chamber’s top Democrat tried to discredit the measure by calling it “The Donald Trump Act.”

But GOP backers cast the legislation as a critical first step toward reining in the exploding, and risky, practice of cities and counties ignoring federal immigration law.

“Sanctuary cities and the associated violent crimes by illegal immigrants are reaching a critical point, and we cannot wait any longer to take action to protect Americans here at home,” sponsor Sen. David Vitter, R-La., said in a statement.

Accused San Francisco Pier ‘Random Murder’ Shooter Was Illegal Mexican Immigrant Who’d Been Deported Five Times

Kathryn Steinle
Kathryn Steinle

Update:  The gun used to kill a 32-year-old woman on San Francisco’s waterfront was stolen from a federal agent in a car burglary in June, sources close to the investigation said Tuesday, reported The San Francisco chronicle.

Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez entered a plea of not quilty in Spanish. The judge set bail at $5 million. Sanchez could face life in prision if convicted. DailyMail

Kathryn Steinle, 32,  was shot to death in broad daylight,  at random, while walking with her father and a friend along San Francisco’s Pier 14  on Wednesday,

‘There were no words exchanged between the suspect and the victim,’ said Sgt. Michael Andraychak. ‘The victim said something to her family members to the extent that she didn’t feel well, that she just realized something had taken place and she fell to the ground.’  DailyMail

Detained for the murder is Francisco Sanchez an illegal alien with seven prior felony convictions, four of which were for drug charges.   His convictions took place in Texas, Oregon and Arizona. Sanchez had been deported five prior times.

Kate Steinle with her mother Liz, her father Jim, and her brother Brad at her father’s 65 birthday celebration.

 Just hours after the horrific slaying at Pier 14, the tight-knit parents and brother of Kathryn ‘Kate’ Steinle, were still coming to grips with the senseless killing, but had no trouble finding words to describe how special Kate was.

‘She was the most wonderful, loving caring person and if anybody could take anything from this — if you love somebody, just tell them that you love them,’ said brother Brad Steinle.   

‘We loved Kate, and I will love her till the day I die,’ Brad told ABC 7 as he fought off tears. ‘I had the best sister.’

Kate’s mother, 69-year-old Liz Sullivan, recounted the first moments of their family’s nightmare to the San Francisco Chronicle. ‘She just kept saying, ‘Dad, help me, help me.” DailyMail

Sanchez was on probation from Texas and four months ago was arrested and released in the Bay Area for a marijuana arrest. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement  had turned Francisco Sanchez over to authorities in San Francisco on March 26 on an outstanding drug warrant. There was an ICE ‘detainer’, meaning he should have been held and turned over to federal immigration officials instead of being released. Continue reading “Accused San Francisco Pier ‘Random Murder’ Shooter Was Illegal Mexican Immigrant Who’d Been Deported Five Times”