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Prosecutors Asked For A 40-Year Sentence For Criminal David DePape, Who Attacked Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Husband In 2022



Prosecutors urged for a 40-year sentence this Friday for David DePape, who broke into former House speaker Nancy Pelosi’s house in California in 2022 and attacked her husband. The U.S. District Court in San Francisco found DePape guilty last November and is expected to give a sentence on May 17.


On Oct 28, 2022, David DePape, a Canadian citizen living in the U.S. illegally for more than 14 years, broke into then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s house in California. In a recording submitted to the court, it’s clear the attacker was looking for the house speaker but was disappointed to only find her husband alone in the house, as Nancy was away in Washington.


The court records him saying, “Where’s Nancy?” as he roamed around the house looking for her. Even though his initial intention was not to hurt Nancy’s husband, he ended up clubbing Paul Pelosi on the head with a hammer, causing a skull fracture.


According to Paul Pelosi, he woke up in his own blood. The defendant admitted breaking into the couple’s home. However, DePap’s attorney claimed that the motive was not “terrorism.” The defendant was incited to confront and interrogate the former speaker about her role in the congress, blinded by far right-wing conspiracy theories like QAnon.


On Friday, a 20-page court filing was submitted by the federal prosecution. “David Wayne DePape has shown no remorse, deserves no leniency, and should receive the statutory maximum penalties for each of the two counts on which he was convicted last year. At a time when extremism has led to attacks on public and elected officials, this case presents a moment to speak to others harboring ideologically motivated violent dreams and plans," the statement read.


The prosecution asked for a 20-year sentence for an attempt to kidnap as well as 30 years for physical attack, suggesting a consecutive serving time of the second count, which sums up 40 years of prison time. U.S. attorneys said, “Defendant intended to promote a federal crime of terrorism, and therefore, the terrorism enhancement should apply here.”


Moreover, the defendant showed no guilt or remorse during the trial. In an interview last year, he shared his wish to “break Nancy Pelosi’s kneecaps if he found her lying.” The final verdict will be passed down on May 17, and the Pelosi family is hoping for appropriate punishment for extremist DePape.




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