Man convicted in hammer attack on Paul Pelosi

November 17, 2023

The man accused of attacking former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband was found guilty by a federal jury this week.

According to The Guardian, 43-year-old David DePape was convicted of attempted kidnapping and assault on Thursday. 

"I recognized I was in serious danger"

Those charges stemmed from a bizarre incident late last year in which DePape showed up at the Pelosi home at around 2:00 a.m. while armed with a hammer. 

NBC News reported that 83-three-year-old Paul Pelosi testified this past Monday about how he woke up in a pool of his own blood after being struck in the head by DePape. 

"The door opened, and a very large man came in with a hammer in one hand and some ties in the other, and he said, 'Where’s Nancy?' as I think that woke me up," Pelosi was quoted as saying.

"I’m asleep, and he bursts in the door, and that woke me up. I recognized I was in serious danger," the former House speaker's husband explained. 

Pelosi awoke to find DePape "was 3, 4 feet away"

Mr. Pelosi recalled seeing DePape "standing in the doorway" and estimated that the intruder "was 3, 4 feet away from me."

The victim said he felt "a tremendous sense of shock to see somebody broken into the house" and recounted how he was able to dial 911 before DePape took away his phone. 

Police officers later arrived at the home and body cam footage showed that they were met at the door by DePape and Pelosi.

Attacker faces additional state charges

At one point during the conversation, DePape can be seen suddenly striking Pelosi with a hammer before being wrestled to the ground by the two officers. 

The Guardian noted that DePape testified the day after Pelosi and expressed regret over his actions, stressing that Paul Pelosi “was never my target and I’m sorry that he got hurt.”

Although the paper described DePape as being a "right-wing conspiracy theorist," former Fox News host Tucker Carlson pointed out that he flew a Black Lives Matter flag and gay pride banner outside of his home.

Thursday’s conviction isn’t the end of DePape's legal problems, as he also faces additional state charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, residential burglary, and elderly abuse.

" A free people [claim] their rights, as derived from the laws of nature."
Thomas Jefferson
© 2015 - 2024 Conservative Institute. All Rights Reserved.