David DePape found guilty in Paul Pelosi attack

November 16, 2023

Last year, Paul Pelosi, husband of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was attacked by a man in the middle of the night who claimed he was there to kidnap the former speaker.

This week, the trial of suspect David DePape concluded, and the attacker was found guilty by a jury, NBC News reported.

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

NBC News noted:

The unanimous verdicts were reached by the panel of 12, pulled from a pool of 15 jurors and alternate jurors that was comprised of 12 men and three women. They deliberated for seven hours over two days, about 4 1/2 hours on Wednesday and 2 1/2 hours on Thursday.

As a result of the conviction, DePape faces life in prison as far as the federal charges are concerned.

He will face a sentencing hearing on Dec. 13. Many believe it's possible he'll receive the max sentence, given the victim of the crime was the spouse of a high-profile politician.

He's also facing a slate of state-level charges, including "attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, residential burglary, false imprisonment and threatening the life or serious bodily harm to a public official."

DePape might not face state charges, however. According to San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins,

“We will confer with the federal prosecutors, and with the victim in this case, as we determine what our next steps in the state case will be,”

U.S. Attorney Ismail Ramsey issued a statement in the wake of the guilty verdict, hoping that it will set an example for those considering violence against elected officials and their families.

"What this guilty verdict on all counts sends is a clear message that regardless of what your beliefs are, what you cannot do is physically attack a member of Congress or their immediate family for their performance in their job," Ramsey told reporters.

Now the nation waits to see how long he'll be sentenced to serve.

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