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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Steinle Killer

A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted the illegal immigrant killer of Kate Steinle on gun charges.

Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate admitted to the killing of Steinle in 2015, but said that the gun he found under a San Francisco bench went off accidentally. Last week, a jury found Garcia-Zarate guilty of felony possession, but not murder or involuntary manslaughter.

Garcia-Zarate, 54, will now face federal charges for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, as well as for being an illegally present alien in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Garcia-Zarate is a seven-time convicted felon and had been deported from the U.S. five times. The Mexican national was released from a San Francisco jail prior to the killing of Steinle, which led to a national outrage over sanctuary cities.

“The Kate Steinle killer came back and back over the weakly protected Obama border, always committing crimes and being violent, and yet this info was not used in court,” Trump tweeted Friday. “His exoneration is a complete travesty of justice. BUILD THE WALL!”