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.”