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    Man who attacked Pelosi's husband with hammer gets 30 years in prison

    By Joseph Ax,

    2024-05-17

    The man who broke into former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's home in 2022 and assaulted her husband with a hammer was sentenced on Friday to 30 years in prison, federal prosecutors said.

    In a politically motivated attack, David DePape forcibly entered Pelosi's home in San Francisco early in the morning on Oct. 28, 2022, just a week before that year's congressional elections. At the time, Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives, was in Washington.

    DePape, who according to prosecutors was driven by the far-right conspiracy theories known as QAnon , acknowledged in trial testimony that his intention was to take Pelosi hostage.

    More: David DePape found guilty in violent hammer attack on Paul Pelosi

    Paul Pelosi , 82, suffered skull fractures and other injuries that have continued to affect him, as he described in a letter to the judge ahead of Friday's sentencing. In addition to dizziness and a metal plate that remains in his head, Pelosi said he struggles with balance and has permanent nerve damage in his left hand.

    In a separate letter, Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat who was the first woman to be elected House speaker, urged the judge to impose a "very long" punishment.

    More: The man accused of attacking Nancy Pelosi’s husband was caught up in conspiracies, defense says

    Prosecutors had asked U.S. District Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley in San Francisco federal court to sentence DePape, a Canadian national living illegally in the U.S., to 40 years in prison.

    In court papers, the Justice Department argued that while he was not convicted of a terrorism crime, his offenses nevertheless met the definition because he was aiming to affect the government through "intimidation or coercion." Prosecutors also said DePape had not shown remorse.

    DePape's court-appointed defense lawyer had asked for a sentence of 14 years, saying he had become unmoored in the years leading up to the attack due in part to an abusive relationship.

    DePape still faces separate state charges stemming from the Pelosi break-in and attack, including attempted murder, that carry a potential sentence of 13 years to life in prison. He has pleaded not guilty.

    In a statement following Friday's sentencing, a spokesperson for Pelosi said, "The Pelosi family couldn't be prouder of their Pop and his tremendous courage in saving his own life on the night of the attack and in testifying in this case," referring to Paul Pelosi's family nickname.

    This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Man who attacked Pelosi's husband with hammer gets 30 years in prison

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