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State jury convicts David DePape in attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband

David Wayne DePape appears in San Francisco Superior Court for a preliminary hearing on state charges over the attack on Paul Pelosi, husband of U.S. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, in San Francisco, California, November 15, 2022 in a courtroom sketch.

Vicki Behringer | Reuters

The man who attacked Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s husband with a hammer during a break-in at the couple’s San Francisco home in 2022 was found guilty by a jury in the state case against him, The Associated Press reported.

David DePape has already been convicted on federal counts in the Oct. 28, 2022, break in and attack on Paul Pelosi, and DePape was sentenced to 30 years in prison in that case.

The jury convicted DePape of first-degree burglary, false imprisonment, threatening a family member of a public official and aggravated kidnapping, according to the AP.

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

Nancy Pelosi, the former Speaker of the House, was in Washington, D.C., at the time of the break-in and was not hurt.

Paul Pelosi testified during the federal trial that he was awakened by “a very large man” with a hammer and zip ties on the day of the break in who asked “Where’s Nancy?”

Paul Pelosi managed to call 911 and police when DePape was not looking. Officers arrived and found DePape and Pelosi with hands on the hammer that DePape was wielding. Officers commanded to drop the hammer, and DePape then struck Pelosi on the head.

Pelosi, then 82, suffered a fractured skull.

In the state trial, San Francisco Public Defender Adam Lipson told jurors in closing arguments that DePape had been living a solitary life and had gone “down the rabbit hole of propaganda and conspiracy theories” before the break-in and attack, The Associated Press reported.

During the state trial Lipson told the jury DePape was guilty of three of the charges but that prosecutors had not presented evidence to convict him on threatening a family member of a public official and aggravated kidnapping.

DePape was convicted in November in the federal case on assault and attempted kidnapping charges and was sentenced in May.

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