David DePape Found Guilty Of Assault, Attempted Kidnapping

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A federal jury ruled Thursday that David DePape, the man accused of attacking Paul Pelosi in 2022, is guilty on all charges, ABC7 News reported.

DePape broke into Paul Pelosi’s home on Oct. 28, 2022, bludgeoning Paul with a hammer after his plot to kidnap Nancy Pelosi failed. The jury ruled that he was guilty of all federal charges, including attempting to kidnap a federal official and committing assault against an immediate family member of a public official, according to ABC7. (RELATED: Man Who Allegedly Attacked Paul Pelosi Testifies In Own Trial)

DePape pleaded not guilty to the federal charges brought against him, but said on Tuesday while giving his testimony that he had attacked Paul and intended to kidnap Pelosi. Defense attorneys for DePape had argued that he wanted to kidnap Nancy to unravel what he believed was a giant government conspiracy and not because of her position as house speaker, according to The Associated Press.

“The defense made an argument which was basically trying to — I think — confuse the jury a little bit as to the elements of the crime and what are the legal elements,” University of California Law San Francisco Professor Rory Little told CBS News on Wednesday.

DePape could face up to 50 years in prison following his verdict.

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