David DePape, the deranged Bay Area man who broke into Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco mansion last year and fractured the skull of her husband, Paul, with a claw hammer, was found guilty Thursday of attempted kidnapping and assault “on account of a federal official’s performance of official duties.” He faces up to 50 years in federal prison.
That seems a fitting outcome to a bizarre case that could have ended much worse for the victim. And who really knows what DePape would have done if his intended target, who was still speaker of the House at the time, had been at home?
It was a strange story, made all the more confusing by wild online conjecture early on about DePape’s motives and his possible relationship with Pelosi. (He had none; the two men did not know each other.)
Around 2 a.m. on October 28, 2022, DePape smashed a window to enter Pelosi’s Pacific Heights mansion. He had zip ties and rope with him. DePape awoke the sleeping Paul Pelosi, demanding, “Where’s Nancy?” Pelosi replied that she was in Washington, D.C. Undeterred, DePape told Pelosi he would tie him up until she arrived. For whatever reason, he didn’t.
DePape testified last week that…
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