Pelosi Family Speaks Out After Paul Pelosi's Attacker is Sentenced on Federal Charges

A man has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for breaking into Nancy Pelosi’s home and attacking her husband, Paul Pelosi, with a hammer.

The Pelosi family expressed their pride in their father for his bravery in saving his own life during the attack and for testifying in the case. They made this statement on Friday. “Speaker Pelosi and her family are very thankful to everyone who has sent love and prayers over the past year and a half, as Mr. Pelosi continues to recover.”

Christine Pelosi, the daughter of the Pelosis, went to court on Friday and read victim impact statements from the family, as reported by San Francisco ABC station KGO. David DePape was found guilty in November 2023 for breaking into and attacking the Pelosis’ home in San Francisco on October 28, 2022.

DePape confessed that he was searching for Nancy Pelosi to ask her about Russian involvement in the 2016 election. He planned to keep her captive, but only Paul Pelosi was at home when he entered.

According to the criminal complaint, DePape said that if Nancy Pelosi told the truth, he would let her go, but if she lied, he planned to break her kneecaps.

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During the trial, Paul Pelosi testified that DePape kept asking him, “Where is Nancy?”

DePape attacked Paul Pelosi, who was 82 years old at the time, by hitting him with a hammer. This caused serious injuries, including a fractured skull. “I apologize for his injury,” DePape said during the trial. “I reacted because my plan was completely ruined.”

Federal prosecutors requested a 40-year sentence for DePape after he was found guilty of attempting to kidnap a federal officer or employee and assaulting a family member of a federal official.

“According to prosecutors, the defendant made a plan to violently take the Speaker Emerita hostage and almost killed her husband,” states a sentencing memorandum. “The person on trial made a plan to cause harm and carried it out. They still believe that their actions were justified.”

“The prosecutors said that the defendant’s intention to teach violent lessons is not allowed in this country, and the court’s sentence must consider the nature and details of the offense,” prosecutors said.

According to The Associated Press, DePape’s lawyers requested a 14-year prison term.

DePape is also facing charges at the state level, including attempted murder. He has pleaded not guilty to these charges. The trial in his home state is scheduled to begin on May 22.

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