Agency emails revealed ranger John Woychowski was promoted to a supervisory position five months after Kate Steinle's July 2015 death.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A news station says the U.S. Bureau of Land Management promoted a ranger months after his stolen gun turned up in the hands of a Mexican man accused of using it to kill a woman on a San Francisco pier.

KQED news said Friday an internal BLM email thread it obtained shows that Ranger John Woychowski was promoted to a supervisory position five months after Kate Steinle’s July 2015 death.

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BLM spokeswoman Sarah Webster said Friday Woychowski followed proper protocol for reporting the gun stolen.

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The man accused of killing Steinle, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, said the gun was wrapped in t-shirt he found under a bench, and it went off accidentally.

Steinle’s death set off a national debate over U.S. sanctuary cities and immigration. Zarate had been deported five times.

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