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Pelosi Attacker Sentenced: Hammer-Wielding Man Gets 30 Years for Bloody Assault, Attempted Kidnapping

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David DePape was sentenced to 30 years minus credit for time served for his hammer attack on Paul Pelosi and attempted kidnapping of Nancy Pelosi.

May 17 2024, Published 4:02 p.m. ET

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David DePape, the man convicted in a bloody hammer attack on Paul Pelosi and attempted kidnapping of his wife, former House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was sentenced by a federal judge to 30 years in prison on Friday, RadarOnline.com can reveal.

DePape, 44, who has been characterized as a right-wing conspiracy theorist, broke into the Pelosi home in San Francisco during the early morning hours of October 28, 2022​, leading to the violent confrontation.

After demanding to know the whereabouts of Nancy, 84, DePape bludgeoned Paul, 84, with a hammer, leaving him with serious injuries including a skull fracture.

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DePape broke into the Pelosi home in San Francisco on October 28, 2022.

He was found guilty in November 2023 of two charges: attempting to kidnap a federal official and assaulting an immediate family member of a federal official with intent to retaliate against the official for performance of their duties.

Prosecutors asked that DePape receive a 40-year sentence, the maximum for both counts — 20 years for the kidnapping charge and 30 years for the assault charge — with 10 years served consecutively. Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley granted this request but ruled that the sentences would be served concurrently, totaling 30 years. The defendant was also credited for time already served.

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Paul Pelosi said in a letter to the court ahead of sentencing that he was still suffering from his injuries.

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In a letter written to the court ahead of Friday's sentencing, Paul said that he was still suffering dizziness, headaches, nerve pain, difficulty walking, and other challenges stemming from the attack.

"I walk slowly and have difficulty with my balance. Nearly every day I get headaches that become migraines unless quickly addressed," he wrote. "I need to sleep during the day and cannot tolerate bright lights or loud noises for extended periods of time."

"The defendant severely damaged the nerves in my left hand," Paul continued, "My forehand was 'de-gloved' exposing raw nerves and blood vessels. Surgeries and treatments mostly healed the skin, but underneath I still feel pinched nerves in my left hand. This makes basic tasks like using buttons, cutlery and simple tools more difficult."

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The former House speaker also penned a letter, requesting a "very long" sentence for Depape, and expressing how the attack "filled me with great fear and deep pain."

During the trial, Paul recalled "waking up in a pool of blood" after DePape struck him three times with the hammer. The attack was captured in shocking police bodycam video that shows officers tackling Depape and taking him into custody at the scene.

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DePape said during the trial that Paul Pelosi was not his intended target.

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The emotional defendant told jurors that he never intended to harm Paul, explaining, "he was never my target, and I'm sorry he got hurt."

DePape said that he went after the Speaker's husband "to get to my other targets," referring to his overarching plan to put an end to what he characterized as political corruption by Democratic elites.

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DePape admitted that he smashed a window at the Pelosi townhome with the intention of subjecting Nancy Pelosi to a brutal interrogation.

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He admitted that when he smashed a window at the couple's townhome, he had intended to subject Pelosi to a brutal interrogation.

"DePape stated that he was going to hold Nancy hostage and talk to her. If Nancy were to tell Depape the 'truth,' he would let her go, and if she 'lied,' he was going to break her kneecaps," court documents read.

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The Canadian national also confessed to having a list of other high-profile figures that he hoped to target, including Tom Hanks, Mike Pence, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Hunter Biden, and California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

DePape still faces separate state charges that include attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and elder abuse stemming from the attack. Jury selection in that case is scheduled to begin on May 22.

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