David DePape was found guilty of breaking into the home of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and attacking her husband Paul Pelosi with a hammer.
Depape, 43, could face a life sentence in the case that left Paul Pelosi with serious injuries, including a fractured skull.
— New York Post (@nypost) November 16, 2023
During the week-long [started Thursday] trial, DePape took the stand and said he was initially looking for Pelosi’s wife, Nancy, so he could speak to her about Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election.
Federal prosecutors, however, said DePape broke into the home at about 2 a.m. to “break [Nancy’s] kneecaps,” but instead found a sleeping Paul Pelosi in the couple’s bedroom because the former House Speaker was in Washington DC at the time.
David DePape found guilty on federal charges in Paul Pelosi attack https://t.co/pjsNECicBB
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) November 16, 2023
"Speaker Pelosi and her family are deeply grateful for the outpouring of prayers and warm wishes for Mr. Pelosi from so many across the country during this difficult time," the congresswoman's office said in a statement released after the verdict.
"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," it continued.
Nancy Pelosi was in Washington at the time of the attacks and avoided confrontation with DePape.
DePape's lawyers argued that the attacks were not associated with her role as an official and should rule out crimes based on her position.
The lawyers were unsuccessful in their attempts, handing DePape a guilty verdict with sentencing to follow. He will also be tried separately on state charges that include attempted murder.
DePape's sentencing date has not yet been set but it's safe to say he will remain imprisoned for years to come over the violent actions against Paul Pelosi.