Illegal Immigrant suspect in S.F. Pier Shooting couldn't be held

Jul 4, 2015 2:05 AM by Debbie Cobb

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An attorney for the San Francisco Sheriff's Department says it had no authority to honor an immigration hold when it released a man who's now suspected in shooting death of a woman at a tourist site.

Freya Horne said Friday that federal detention orders are not a "legal basis" to hold someone, so Francisco Sanchez was released April 15. Horne says the city does not turn over people who are in the country illegally unless there's an active warrant for their arrest.

Officers arrested Sanchez shortly after Wednesday's seemingly random slaying of Kathryn Steinle at Pier 14 - one of the busiest attractions in the city.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Virginia Kice says the agency had turned Sanchez over to San Francisco police March 26 on an outstanding drug warrant. That was followed by the detainer order.


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