U.S. prosecutors on Friday sought to arrest an illegal immigrant acquitted of murdering a San Francisco woman in a case raised during the 2016 presidential campaign, saying his conviction on a lesser weapons charge violated the terms of his supervised release.
A San Francisco Superior Court jury on Thursday found Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, 45, not guilty of murder and manslaughter charges in connection with the July 1, 2015, death of Kate Steinle. Jurors found him guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
President Donald Trump, who had used the Steinle case as a rallying cry against the pro-immigration policies of so-called sanctuary cities during his successful run for the presidency, called the verdict 'disgraceful' on Twitter.
Sanctuary cities such as San Francisco limit their cooperation with federal immigration authorities.
U.S. prosecutors on Friday sought to arrest illegal immigrant Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, 45, after he was found not guilty of murdering Kate Steinle
Before the shooting, Garcia Zarate, who had been deported to Mexico five times, had been released from a San Francisco jail despite a request by immigration authorities that he be detained and turned over to them.
In seeking an arrest warrant on Friday, federal prosecutors said that Garcia Zarate's conviction on the weapons charge violated the conditions of his