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Man sentenced to 30 years for hammer attack on ex-House Speaker Pelosi's husband

David DePape was found guilty by a federal jury of attempted kidnapping and assault for the 2022 break-in and attack at the Pelosis' San Francisco home.
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Posted at 12:48 PM, May 17, 2024

The man convicted of breaking into the home of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and violently attacking her husband was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison.

A jury found David DePape guilty last November of attempted kidnap of a federal official and assault. During the trial, the 44-year-old DePape admitted to breaking into the Pelosis' San Francisco home and bludgeoning then-82-year-old Paul with a hammer.

The altercation occurred after police had shown up to the residence and was captured in body camera footage. The video shows officers knocking on Pelosi's front door in the early morning hours of Oct. 28, 2022.

Husband of former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Paul Pelosi, right, fights for control of a hammer with his assailant.

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Shortly after the door opens, Pelosi can be seen struggling with the suspect, who was holding a hammer. After an officer can be heard saying "drop the hammer," DePape then swings it at Pelosi, knocking him unconscious before officers jump in to intervene.

Pelosi was hospitalized after the incident and spent several days in the intensive care unit before continuing his recovery at home. Nancy Pelosi — who was in Washington, D.C., at the time of the attack — decided to step down from her role as the party leader of the House Democratic caucus weeks later.

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A defense attorney argued that DePape was influenced by political beliefs, pointing to baseless, right-wing conspiracy theories he had posted online. But at one point, DePape undermined his own defense, saying: "What I did was really bad. I'm so sorry I didn't get more of them [the Pelosis] ... I should've come better prepared."

After DePape's sentencing, a spokesperson for the former House speaker issued the following statement:

“The Pelosi family couldn’t be prouder of their Pop and his tremendous courage in saving his own life on the night of the attack and in testifying in this case. Speaker Pelosi and her family are immensely grateful to all who have sent love and prayers over the last eighteen months, as Mr. Pelosi continues his recovery. Given the ongoing state court proceedings, Speaker Pelosi and the Pelosi family will not be offering further comment on this matter at this time."

DePape still faces felony charges in state court. Jury selection for that case is scheduled to begin next week.