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The man who attacked Nancy Pelosi’s husband with a hammer is sentenced to 30 years in prison

The United States Justice has sentenced the far-right David DePape to 30 years in prison, the man found guilty of the hammer attack against Paul Pelosi, husband of the former president of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.

The Prosecutor’s Office had requested a sentence of 40 years in prison for a crime of terrorism against DePape, who was found guilty in November by a jury of attempted kidnapping of a federal official and assault of a direct relative of an elected official.

A spokesperson for the former speaker of the House of Representatives later stressed in a statement published on her profile on the social network the night of the attack”, as well as for testifying in the context of the case.

“Speaker Pelosi and her family are immensely grateful to everyone who has sent love and prayers over the past 18 months as Pelosi continues her recovery,” the spokesperson said, adding that they will not be commenting further.

The 30-year sentence against DePape, a 42-year-old Canadian citizen who was in the country irregularly at the time of the attack, was announced this Friday by the Federal Prosecutor’s Office for the Northern District of California on the social network X.

“The brutal, premeditated attack on Pelosi in the quiet of her own home was fueled by DePape’s unfortunate ideology. I am deeply gratified by the jury’s verdict,” FBI agent Robert Tripp said in November.

Paul Pelosi, 84, 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. at his home in California in October 2022.

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.

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