DOJ Seeks 40-Year Sentence for Attacker of Nancy Pelosi’s Husband

( – David Wayne DePape was found guilty in November 2023 of bludgeoning former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband with a hammer. The then-82-year-old Pelosi suffered severe head injuries but has recovered. Federal prosecutors are now asking for a decades-long sentence.

Prosecutors filed a sentencing memorandum in US District Court in San Francisco and asked the judge to sentence DePape to 40 years in prison. They recommended he receive 30 years for assault and 20 years for attempted kidnapping, with 20 years of the first count being served consecutive to the first. They argued the defendant has not shown any remorse since attacking the former Speaker’s husband.

The prosecutors said DePape has also refused to take responsibility and that his sentence should include a terrorist enhancement. Even though he wasn’t convicted of a terrorism charge, the attack took place a week before the 2022 midterm elections. Prosecutors argued the crime met the federal definition of terrorism because it was an attempt to influence the “government by intimidation or coercion.”

The memo stated the country is at a place where “extremism has led to attacks on public and elected officials,” and DePape’s sentencing is a “moment to speak to others harboring ideologically motivated violent dreams and plans.”

DePape broke into the Pelosi home in October 2022. He was there to find the congresswoman, calling out, “Where is Nancy?” when he was in the house. The then-speaker was in Washington, DC, at the time of the incident, but Paul was there. He was able to escape to the bathroom, where he called 911 but spoke in code.

Police responded to the Pelosi home and saw DePape struggling with Paul. He then started beating the lawmaker’s husband in the head, causing a skull fracture.

The defense team argued that DePape should receive a 14-year sentence because he was in an “abusive, long-term relationship” that “immersed him in a world of extreme beliefs where reality is not reality.”

Sentencing will take place on May 17.

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