Garcia-Zarate pleads guilty to federal gun charges in 2015 death of Kate Steinle in San Francisco

Garcia-Zarate now faces 10 years in prison.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Garcia-Zarate pleads guilty to gun charges in Kate Steinle death
Jose Inez Garcia Zarate has pleaded guilty to federal gun charges in the 2015 shooting on Kate Steinle on San Francisco's Embarcadero.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- There are new developments involving charges against Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate in the deadly shooting of Kate Steinle in 2015. He's pleaded guilty to federal gun charges.

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The trial begins in the case that ignited a national debate on sanctuary cities and illegal immigration.

Garcia-Zarate, an undocumented man, now faces 10 years in prison.

In 2017, a jury acquitted him of various charges for the shooting on San Francisco's Embarcadero.

He acknowledged holding the gun that killed Steinle, but said it fired accidentally.

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The case initiated a fierce national debate on immigration and sanctuary cities.

The federal gun charges had been pending since 2017 due to concerns about Garcia Zarate's mental health.

VIDEO: Legal expert explains why jurors acquitted shooter in Kate Steinle case

Legal Analyst John Creighton explains why the jury had a hard time even convicting Garcia Zarate on the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter.