‘Hallelujah!’ San Fran sheriff who gave sanctuary to Kate Steinle killer LOSES election!

mirkarimi_leftSan Francisco voters finally booted from office the man who released Kate Steinle’s killer and ran the sanctuary city jail.

Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi suffered a decisive loss to former Chief Deputy Sheriff Vicki Hennessy in Tuesday’s election, carrying only 33 percent of the vote, according to a Wednesday San Francisco Chronicle report.

Few expected the Democrat incumbent Mirkarimi, 54, to win this election. But the main issue contributing to the defeat was certainly the release of Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, a Mexican national who sought refuge in San Francisco because—by city ordinance—it’s a “sanctuary city” that does not enforce federal immigration law.

In March, Mirkarimi’s Sheriff’s Department requested custody of Lopez-Sanchez after he completed a 46-month sentence in federal prison. After being deported to Mexico five times, Lopez-Sanchez was incarcerated for repeatedly returning to the United States.

Noting that the prisoner had an outstanding bench warrant for a $5,000 fine in a 10-year-old marijuana possession charge, San Francisco Sheriff’s Department assumed custody—the feds intended to deport him to Mexico.

Three weeks later, Lopez-Sanchez was on the streets, and Kate Steinle was dead.

Voters and others took to Twitter to express their feelings about Mirkarimi’s defeat.

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Steve Berman

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