Suspect in SF Pier Shooting Gives Jailhouse Interview

Francisco Sanchez says search for work kept bringing him back to the US
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2015 5:40 AM CDT
SF Suspect: Pier Shooting Was an Accident
This undated photo released by the San Francisco Police Department shows Francisco Sanchez.    (San Francisco Police Department via AP)

If murder suspect Francisco Sanchez had a lawyer, he probably would have been advised not to speak to ABC7—and not to confess to shooting Kate Steinle, 32, with a gun he found on a bench while high on sleeping pills he found in the trash. In the jailhouse interview, Sanchez tells the station that the Wednesday shooting at San Francisco's Pier 14 was an accident and that the gun he found wrapped in a T-shirt went off three times when he picked it up. "I heard that boom, boom three times," he says. Sources close to the investigation say Sanchez earlier claimed he was at the pier to shoot sea lions, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The 45-year-old Mexican citizen also speaks about his immigration status, which has made his case national news and attracted the attention of Donald Trump. Sanchez, who has seven felony convictions and has been deported from the US five times, says he kept coming back to the US because he was "looking for jobs in the restaurant or roofing, landscaping, or construction" industries—and San Francisco is a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants. Sanchez appeared confused and agitated during the interview, and he said he wants the courts to "give me the punishment I deserve and get it over with as soon as possible," the AP notes. (More murder stories.)

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