Paul Pelosi's attacker found guilty

November 16, 2023

The man who attacked Paul Pelosi with a hammer was found guilty on Thursday following a quick trial in California. 

43-year-old David DePape faces life in prison, and he is still awaiting charges in state court over the October 2022 break-in and assault at the Pelosis' San Francisco home.

The verdict came two days after DePape confessed to attacking Paul Pelosi in tearful testimony.

Pelosi attacker found guilty

DePape said he felt sorry for the assault, which left Pelosi with a skull fracture, and that he never intended to hurt Paul Pelosi - saying they developed a "good rapport."

But DePape said he attacked Paul Pelosi when he realized his plan was "ruined."

“I’m sorry that he got hurt,” DePape said. “I reacted because my plan was basically ruined."

DePape said he had wanted to kidnap former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and interrogate her while wearing a unicorn costume. If she lied, he would "break her kneecaps."

But when he broke into the Pelosi home, his target was away in Washington D.C.

Pelosi, attacker testify

The court heard from Paul Pelosi on Monday, who said he was reluctant to re-live the terrifying night of the attack. He described being woken up by DePape, who asked, "Where's Nancy?"

"I recognized I was in serious danger, so I tried to stay as calm as possible," Pelosi testified.

Pelosi said he managed to call the police from his bathroom. When police arrived, the front door opened to reveal DePape and Pelosi struggling with a hammer.

Pelosi said he remembered waking up in a pool of his own blood following the assault, which was captured in police bodycam video.

Pelosi family reacts

DePape was found guilty of attempted kidnapping and assault on account of a federal official's performance of official duties.

His defense lawyers did not dispute that he attacked Paul Pelosi, but they argued DePape had no intentions to interfere with Pelosi's official duties.

They said DePape genuinely believed he was targeting a vast conspiracy of corrupt, Satan-worshiping elites who molest children and spread lies about President Trump.

"The Pelosi family is very proud of their Pop, who demonstrated extraordinary composure and courage on the night of the attack a year ago and in the courtroom this week. Thankfully, Mr. Pelosi continues to make progress in his recovery.”

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