Jose Ines Garcia Zarate

The federal government issued an arrest warrant on Friday for Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, the man whom a jury said wasn't guilty of murdering Kate Steinle in 2015.

The jury did, however, find that Zarate was guilty of being a felon while possessing the firearm which his defense team said accidentally fired the bullet that hit Steinle. That verdict appeared to be the reason the federal government issued the warrant, which claimed Zarate violated the terms of his supervised release from jail in 2015.

The Justice Department, The Hill reported, unsealed the warrant on Friday in the Western District of Texas.

Steinle's death — which occurred in a sanctuary city that released Zarate, an undocumented immigrant, from prison — sparked a national debate about immigration. Despite federal authorities' request that a San Francisco jail not release Zarate before his deportation, the jail released him about three months before the incident involving Steinle.

Following the verdict, both President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions lamented immigration enforcement that allowed Zarate's release.

Even without Friday's warrant, Zarate would have likely faced some form of detention given that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) pledged on Thursday to deport him. The Justice Department also reportedly considered filing separate charges against Zarate.

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