Paul Pelosi's attacker sentenced to 30 years in prison by federal judge

 May 18, 2024

The fate of the man who attacked Paul Pelosi with a hammer and who intended to kidnap then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been announced. 

According to CBS News, a judge handed down a 30-year prison sentence for David DePape in the wake of a trial that took place last year.

It was noted that the prosecution had asked the judge for a 40-year sentence, given the gravity of the crime.

Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley handed down the sentence in a San Francisco courtroom on Friday. DePape reportedly stood silent while the judge read the sentencing aloud.

What's going on?

DePape was convicted by a jury last year on two charges, for attempted kidnapping of a federal official and assault on the immediate family member of a federal official.

His defense attorneys argued for a lesser sentence of 14 years, arguing that his first-time offender status and state of remorse called for a lighter sentencing.

The judge shot that down quickly, citing DePape's previous statements that he wanted to attack others, and essentially said an example needed to be made, as the attack forced other public officials to "weigh the risk their job might place on family members."

The sentences handed down for each crime for which he was convicted will run concurrently, according to the court filing.

CBS News noted:

DePape was given credit for time served for the 18 months he has been in custody. The judge imposed the maximum for each count he faced -- 30 years for the assault charge, 20 years for the attempted kidnapping charge -- that will run concurrently.

AG Garland's statement

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland released a statement in the wake of the sentencing, confirming that DePape was definitely made an example of.

"This sentence is a warning: violence against those who serve the public and their families will not be tolerated," Garland said in a DOJ statement.

He added, "The Justice Department will aggressively prosecute those who target public servants and their families with violence. In a democracy, people vote, argue, and debate to achieve the policy outcome they desire. But the promise of democracy is that people will not employ violence to affect that outcome."

Later this month, DePape will sit for a state-level trial for several state charges he incurred in the attack on Pelosi.

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