San Francisco woman’s killer wants court to punish him
Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who is in jail for allegedly fatally shooting a woman in San Francisco, has admitted that he killed the woman but claimed that the shooting was accidental.
Lopez-Sanchez fatally shot Kathryn Steinle, 32, while she was strolling with her father near the Ferry Building at San Francisco's Pier 14 last Wednesday. When a reporter asked him in a jailhouse interview whether he really shot down Steinle at Pier 14, he said "yes" but added that he had no intention to kill the woman.
He claimed that he found the firearm lying on the ground wrapped in a T-shirt, and that it went off accidentally when he picked it up.
The suspect added that he didn't have a lawyer and he planned to plead guilty in the court. In response to a question, she said, "I want the courts to punish me as is deserved and for this to end as soon as possible."
Lopez-Sanchez has a long criminal record. In March, he was turned over to San Francisco authorities and eventually released after completing a federal jail term. He was taken into custody for possessing illegal drugs. He was previously deported to Mexico at least five times.
Many high-profile politicians, including Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, criticized San Francisco for not deporting Lopez-Sanchez again to Mexico immediately after he completed his jail term. Trump argued the fatal shooting was "totally preventable" and Steinle would be alive today had the suspect been deported to Mexico.
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