The undocumented Mexican immigrant acquitted of murder and manslaughter in the controversial death of 32-year-old Kate Steinle is due back in San Francisco Superior Court this week for a sentencing hearing.
Judge Samuel K. Feng is scheduled to sentence 45-year-old Jose Ines Garcia Zarate on Friday for the only conviction jurors returned against the defendant for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The jury found Garcia Zarate not guilty of all other charges, including first-degree murder, in a Nov. 30 decision that outraged President Donald Trump and right-wing media.
According to the San Francisco Examiner, defense attorney Matt Gonzalez said after trial that the maximum sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm is less than the time Garcia Zarate has already served in County Jail since the shooting.
That means Mr. Garcia Zarate will be walking the streets soon…free to kill again.