Attorney General William Barr just dropped the hammer and delivered a criminal charges notice that most Americans have been waiting to see.
After years of stalling, Kate Steinle — the California woman who was murdered by an illegal alien named Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate in 2015 — is about to finally get justice.
U.S. Attorney David Anderson announced that firearms charges would be brought against Garcia-Zarate after a liberal court in California overturned the state firearm conviction against the illegal immigrant.
“In the federal court we’ve brought this case on the basis of a statute passed by Congress many years ago that prohibits certain categories of people from possessing any firearms,” Anderson said.
“If you’re someone who has no lawful status in the United States — if you’re here without any right to be here, you cannot possess a firearm,” Anderson added.
“The case is set for trial in our federal courthouse in San Francisco in January of 2020,” Anderson told Fox News. “The case is now proceeding through the pretrial proceedings towards that trial date.”
Anderson said it’s his duty to uphold the law and promised that prosecutors will be focused on charges related to illegal possession of a firearm in the upcoming case.
“In the federal prosecution, the crime that is charged is the possession of the firearm,” he said.
“So the state case was focused of course, as you know, on the victim. In the federal case, it’s the possession of a firearm by a person that Congress has prohibited from possessing a firearm, that is the focus of our case,” he continued.
Anderson added: “I’m not one as a prosecutor to be able to speak about the policy discussion that’s going on right now. What I do is, I enforce, I uphold the laws that are currently on the books. And so Garcia Zarate as someone who had been previously convicted of a felony offense — someone who’d previously been deported, is someone who has no right to possess a firearm. That’s the statute that I focus on.”
Zarate, who was previously deported five times, was charged by the state of California with the murder of Steinle in 2015 and was acquitted on charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, and assault with a semi-automatic weapon. He was, however, convicted of felony possession of a firearm, and has maintained the stolen gun he used had discharged in his hands accidentally.
That gun conviction was overturned by a California state appeals court last week, causing the federal government to exercise its option to seek a federal indictment.
Steinle’s case was seen as a political rallying cry for anti-illegal immigration activists and served as a campaign pillar for then-candidate Donald Trump before his 2016 election.
The case also inspired “Kate’s Law,” which would increase penalties for convicted and deported criminals who enter the United States illegally. Thus far, a version of the bill has managed the pass the House of Representatives but failed to advance in the Senate.
The tragic shooting served as another sad reminder that the liberal media is only concerned with smearing President Donald Trump rather than admitting there are major issues with America’s immigration policies.
Steinle’s horrific murder and liberal courts shielding Garcia-Zarate ignited Americans and has led to endless calls for a crackdown on illegal immigration.
And now Barr’s DOJ is going to make sure the criminal illegal aliens is held accountable for his sick actions.