DOJ Seeks 40 Years for Pelosi Attacker Amid Rising Extremism Concerns

The guy who injured the spouse of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in 2022 is being pushed for a 40-year prison sentence by the Department of Justice.

David DePape, who broke into Ms. Pelosi's home and used a hammer to attack her husband, Paul Pelosi, should be sentenced to the maximum amount of time for his two convictions, according to government attorneys.

The prosecution contended that even in the absence of a terrorist conviction, Mr. DePape's conduct and punishment ought to reflect "the nature and circumstances of the offense."

Last year, Mr. DePape was found guilty of federal charges of assault and attempted kidnapping. It became apparent that Mr. DePape was a fervent advocate of extreme right-wing conspiracy theories following his arrest in 2022.

On October 28, 2022, Mr. DePape broke into the Pelosis' house in an attempt to locate the former speaker, who was at the time in Washington. But then he came onto Mr. Pelosi, and he gave her a hammer attack before he was caught.

He said that he had intended to break into the Pelosis' house, hold Ms. Pelosi hostage, and interrogate the former speaker. He also threatened to "hurt her kneecaps" if he believed she was lying.

As stated by the prosecution in the court filing, "He wanted to teach her a lesson." "In this country, the defendant is not allowed to teach violent lessons."

They went on, "This case presents a moment to speak to others harboring ideologically motivated violent dreams and plans at a time when extremism has led to attacks on public and elected officials." "Saying that violent ideological attacks will be punished to the fullest extent of the law has strong deterrent value in light of this case."

Written by Staff Reports

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