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Man acquitted in killing of woman on San Francisco pier pleads guilty to gun charges

San Francisco Pier Shooting kate Steinle
Posted at 6:44 AM, Mar 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-16 09:52:16-04

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Mexican man acquitted of murder in the 2015 fatal shooting of a woman on a San Francisco pier that became a national flashpoint over immigration pleaded guilty to federal gun charges.

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate entered his plea Monday nearly seven years after shooting Kate Steinle on July 1, 2015, while she walked on a crowded pier.

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

The federal gun charges had been pending since 2017 after a federal judge raised concerns about his mental capacities.

Garcia- Zarate, who has schizophrenia, faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 6.