Paul Pelosi attacker found guilty by federal jury

The attacker could spend the rest of his life in prison.

David DePape has been convicted by a federal jury for attacking Paul Pelosi, the husband of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with a hammer during a break-in at their San Francisco home.

DePape was found guilty of attempted kidnapping of a federal official and assault on the immediate family member of a federal official.


Driving the news: The jury deliberated for a total of seven hours over two days before coming to the guilty verdict. 

  • DePape, 43, could face life in federal prison and also faces state charges related to the attack.
  • Paul Pelosi, 83, sustained a fractured skull in the attack but has made progress in his recovery.
  • DePape’s next court date is on December 13 for sentencing in the federal case.
  • The state prosecution may reconsider their case in light of the successful federal conviction.
  • DePape admitted to breaking into the Pelosis’ home and hitting Paul Pelosi with a hammer, but his defense tried to argue that he never intended to kidnap anyone and that his actions were not related to Pelosi’s work as a federal lawmaker. 

What they’re saying: “The Pelosi family is very proud of their Pop, who demonstrated extraordinary composure and courage on the night of the attack a year ago,” the Pelosi family said in a statement. “Thankfully, Mr. Pelosi continues to make progress in his recovery.”

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