New charges for man acquitted of pier shooting

New charges for man acquitted of pier shooting

New charges for man acquitted of pier shooting

Calls for the border wall have grown louder since Thursday, after a San Francisco jury acquitted the Mexican immigrant charged with the 32-year-old's murder.

He now is in state custody on other charges, the Justice Department statement said, and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison on the new counts. Garcia Zarate is to be sentenced in state court December 14.

Jurors were asked to determine whether Garcia Zarate intentionally opened fire on a crowd at Pier 14 or whether the.40-caliber handgun he was holding accidentally discharged.

President Donald Trump frequently brought up the case a year ago during his presidential campaign to criticize efforts in the U.S.to combat illegal immigration.

In closing arguments, lead attorney Matt Gonzalez argued that momentary possession, especially when you don't know what you're possessing, is not a crime.

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George Gascón, district attorney for the city and county of San Francisco, would not comment on the developments but talked to reporters about the recent trial.

He continued, "It pains me to watch politicians and candidates use the tragedy of this event for political gain". He said he still believed Garcia Zarate should have been convicted of Steinle's murder. The bullet had ricocheted off the concrete walkway before striking Steinle, they pointed out.

The shooting sparked a national debate over immigration Because Garcia Zarate was deported to his native Mexico five times before he was arrested a few hours after the shooting.

Gascon also criticized President Trump and conservative pundits for turning the trial into a "political football".

Garcia-Zarate is a seven-time convicted felon and had been deported from the US five times.

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Zarate, who has been in jail since the day of the shooting, will be deported once he serves his sentence, according to immigration authorities.

Authorities said the gun Garcia Zarate used was stolen from the vehicle of an off-duty agent for the Bureau of Land Management.

In San Francisco, reaction to the not-guilty verdict persists.

Trump called the verdict "disgraceful", while Sessions said San Francisco's status as a sanctuary city was largely to blame for what happened.

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