Attacker of ex-US Speaker’s husband sentenced to 30 years in prison News
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Attacker of ex-US Speaker’s husband sentenced to 30 years in prison

The US District Court for the Northern District of California on Friday sentenced the man who attacked former US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband to thirty years imprisonment for assault and attempted kidnapping.

On October 31, 2022, David DePape was charged with the attempted kidnapping of Nancy Pelosi and the assault of her husband Paul Pelosi. The indictment alleged that DePape broke into Pelosi’s home and assaulted 82-year-old Paul with a hammer. It also stated that DePape admitted to the police that “[h]e planned to hold Speaker Pelosi hostage” to get the “truth” out of her and “would break ‘her kneecaps'” if she “lied” because Pelosi was the “‘leader of the pack’ of lies told by the Democratic Party.” On November 17, 2023, a jury convicted DePape on his charges.

The court gave concurrent sentences of 20 years of imprisonment for the attempted kidnapping and 30 years of imprisonment for the assault of Paul. The court also mandated five years of supervised release and a $200 fine.

In response to DePape’s sentencing, Pelosi’s spokesperson released a statement on X saying:

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.

US Attorney Ismail J. Ramsey said in a press release after DePaul’s conviction: “Our public servants and their families deserve to work and live without threats and violence. Defendant’s violent plan to kidnap then-Speaker Pelosi was rooted in his virulent disagreement with her as a result of her official position … violence has no place in politics.