Officials filed new immigration and gun charges against Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, just days after he was acquitted of murder and manslaughter in the Steinle case.
Jurors were asked to determine whether Garcia Zarate intentionally opened fire on a crowd at Pier 14 or whether the.40-caliber handgun he was holding accidentally discharged.
He now is in state custody on other charges, the Justice Department statement said, and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison on the new counts. Garcia Zarate is to be sentenced in state court December 14. The July 2015 shooting attracted national attention, with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and others blaming San Francisco's "sanctuary city" policy for Steinle's death.
Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, arrested in connection with the July 1, 2015, shooting of Kate Steinle on a pier in San Francisco is led into the Hall of Justice for his arraignment in San Francisco, California, U.S. on July 7, 2015. But the jury did convict him of being a felon with a gun.
The statement was signed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, U.S. Attorney Brian Stretch and Jill Snyder, special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
"Last week was not a verdict we were hoping for". San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón said the jury's decision was "hard to receive".
Calls for the border wall have grown louder since Thursday, after a San Francisco jury acquitted the Mexican immigrant charged with the 32-year-old's murder. The San Francisco sheriff's department also released him from jail several weeks before the shooting despite a request from federal immigration officials to detain him for deporation. The defense said the weapon went off by accident, and the bullet ricocheted off the ground and traveled about 80 feet before hitting Steinle. The case has sparked national outrage over sanctuary cities, and the need for stricter laws on illegal immigration.
Authorities said the gun Garcia Zarate used was stolen from the auto of an off-duty agent for the Bureau of Land Management.