Paul Pelosi’s Attacker Gets Hefty Sentence

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – The Justice Department is looking to have the man who broke into the California home of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and attacked her husband with a hammer face a 40-year prison sentence. 

In November, David DePape had been convicted by a jury of attempted kidnapping of a federal official, and of having attempted to assault a federal official’s family members. Prosecutors have now claimed that it is necessary for the man to face a 40-year prison sentence so as to ensure that elected officials would no longer need to live in fear. 

The prosecutors also wrote that it was not the public that needed to be protected, but rather the public officials who had to leave in fear. They added that such attacks would dissuade people from running for office or taking on any public jobs and positions. They further pointed out that the defendant in question continued to present a strong risk because he was failing to accept responsibility. 

DePape had broken into Pelosi’s home on Oct. 28, 2022, with the intention of kidnapping Nancy Pelosi and holding her hostage. He had also claimed that if she had lied to him he would be breaking “her kneecaps.” He also confessed to having used a hammer to attack Paul Pelosi after police had showed up. The prosecutors have pointed out that to this day DePape has not exhibited any remorse for the attack on Pelosi. Instead, as they said he appeared to be proud of his accomplishments. 

During his interview with Sergeant Hurley, DePape had not shown remorse about almost killing Paul Pelosi and instead just referred to all the others that he had not been able to reach. During his trial in November, DePape stated that Paul Pelosi had never been his target and was sorry that the man had gotten hurt because it essentially destroyed his plans.

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