An American jury found David DePape guilty on two federal charges this Thursday for attacking Paul Pelosi, husband of the former Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, in October 2022 with a hammer at his home in San Francisco.
DePape has been found guilty of one count of assault against a family member of a federal official, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, and one count of attempted kidnapping of a federal official, for which he faces 20 years between bars, as reported by CNN.
“The Pelosi family is very proud of their father, who demonstrated extraordinary composure and courage on the night of the attack a year ago,” a spokesperson for the former Speaker of the House reacted in a statement on her profile on the social network X.
Pelosi, 83, underwent “successful” surgery to repair a fractured skull and serious injuries to his right arm and hands after the assailant, hammer in hand, asked him where his wife was and attacked him in Your domicile.
DePape planned to “hold hostage” the former president, who was not at her home at the time. During the investigation against her, US police recovered zip ties in Pelosi’s room and in the hallway near the front door of the house.
Likewise, in the backpack of DePape – who spread different conspiracy theories, from aliens to electoral fraud in the 2020 elections – they found, among other objects, a roll of adhesive tape, a white rope, a hammer, a pair of rubber gloves, cloth and a journal.
During the assault, Pelosi managed to call the emergency services, who heard a conversation in the background, after which the Police were sent to review what was happening. All this without the attacker having evidence that there was an open line.