- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department requested the transfer and provided transportation from federal prison to the city jail for a Mexican national in the country illegally who is now charged with randomly murdering a woman.

Department lawyer Freya Horne said Wednesday that Bureau of Prison officials notified the sheriff on March 23 that Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez was to be released and had an outstanding felony warrant for marijuana possession. Horne said department policy is to request transfers of all prison inmates being released who have outstanding felony warrants.

Horne said it is unclear why the 1995 warrant wasn’t noticed the several times Sanchez has been released from prison over the last two decades.

Sanchez would have been transferred to immigration authorities if the sheriff declined to take him.

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