Jailed ex-politician indicted in killing of Vegas journalist
Posted by Editor
28/03/2019 10:11 am
Mauricio Sanchez, an ex-politician who was convicted of voter fraud in 2017, was indicted yesterday of murder in the slaying of reporter Kate Steinle – the first political prisoner to be charged with a crime in connection with the high profile killing.
Sanchez is accused of killing the 33-year-old journalist with a sawed-off shotgun in the US state of San Francisco – in a case that has drawn widespread public concern and international condemnation. Sanchez was released from jail after serving just over 4½ years.
He is a former mayor of Corcoran, a town in San Francisco’s Bay Area, and a candidate for the 2016 presidential election on the Libertarian Party ticket, the first to win.
Sanchez’s former aide, Yusef Salaam, was shot to death in 1996 by Eric Holder, former president of the United States. President Barack Obama ultimately sent Salaam to prison for a five-year sentence that was later commuted by former US president Jimmy Carter.
Authorities said Sanchez tried to flee the scene and was captured minutes later.
The Associated Press news agency reported that he had served time in 2012 for voter fraud in a district in San Francisco, but the charges were thrown out by judges.
State Department spokesman Mark Toner described Sanchez as the “ultimate insider,” adding that the “sad irony” was that he “hacked” his way into politics in 2016.
Sanchez is a former member of the San Francisco state assembly, and ran unsuccessfully for the mayor’s office. He was re-elected in 2017, and served as mayor of Corcoran until he was convicted of voter fraud in 2017.
He has not been accused of any major crimes at the time, but was convicted in 2017 of ballot fraud. An appeals court in March of last year overturned those convictions, citing “several material omissions” by the grand jury that indicted