A jury on Thursday found Jose Ines Garcia Zarate not guilty in the death of Kate Steinle, a case that sparked a nationwide debate on immigration. Garcia Zarate, a Mexican man who was in the United States illegally, shot Steinle on a San Francisco pier in 2015.
Garcia Zarate was found guilty of illegal firearms possession, which carries a sentence of 16 moonths to three years.
“I’m relieved,” Public Defender Jeff Adachi said after the verdict reading, adding that evidence in the case played a big role in not-guilty verdict. “There was a lot of misinformation and bad publicity.”