© Provided by Mediaite, LLC Jose Ines Garcia Zarate is set to be deported now that his trial for the murder of Kate Steinle has concluded. While the jury acquitted Zarate of murder and manslaughter charges, they found him guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The case sparked a national debate over “sanctuary cities” that have policies not to turn over undocumented immigrants to federal authorities. Zarate had been deported five times before Steinle’s death, and was wanted for a possible sixth deportation. Three months beforehand, he had been in the custody of local law enforcement officials in San Francisco, but authorities did not turn him over to the feds.
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Zarate did not deny firing the gun that killed Steinle, but his
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