Pam Bondi: Federal Charges Mean 'We're Going to See Some Justice' for Steinle Family
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said on Fox & Friends Saturday that "we're going to see some justice" for the family of Kate Steinle.
Illegal immigrant and five-time deportee Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was acquitted of murder and only convicted on a lesser firearms violation in the case in San Francisco Thursday. He had been charged with shooting and killing Steinle as she walked along a San Francisco pier with her father.
"We still have the greatest justice system in the world," Bondi, a Republican, said, adding that in the case of Zarate, it failed.
"He's not going to get off easy now that the federal authorities have him," she said.
Bondi said there is no double jeopardy provision in federal court versus state court.
Therefore, she said, Zarate could be charged with the firearm violation as well as violating his supervised release.
Bondi said those charges could lead to more than a decade behind bars, after which Zarate would be sent to California to serve his initial three years.
Zarate would then be deported back to Mexico, she said.
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