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USA. 30 years in prison for trying to kidnap Nancy Pelosi and attacking her husband

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A federal court in San Francisco on Friday sentenced David DePape to 30 years in prison for attempting to kidnap then-Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi in 2022 and injuring her husband. Prosecutors demanded a 40-year prison sentence.

During the trial, David DePape admitted to breaking into the Speaker's house in San Francisco on October 28, 2022, with the intention of holding the speaker hostage. He planned to “break her knees” if she lied to him. He also admitted that he attacked then 82-year-old Paul Pelosi with a hammer because his plan to end “government corruption” failed.

According to the arguments of the man's defenders, his motivation was political beliefs, not the desire to interfere with his official duties Nancy Pelosi as a member of Congress, and therefore the charges against him are invalid.

As AP reported, DePape, a Canadian who moved to USA over 20 years ago, he accused the media of lying about the former president Donald Trump. On his blog and online forum, he repeated right-wing conspiracy theories about a “cabal of devil-worshipping pedophiles ruling America.”

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A police camera recorded the attack on Paul PelosiReuters

DePape will appear in state court

The man admitted that he planned to record his interrogation of Pelosi and post it online. The speaker of the lower house of Congress was not at home at the time of the attack. Her husband spoke in court about being woken up by a man who burst into the bedroom and asked, “Where's Nancy?”

When he replied that his wife was in Washington, DePape said he would tie him up while waiting for her to return home. As a result of the attack, Pelosi suffered, among other things: two head wounds, including a skull fracture.

Following the federal court's verdict, DePape will stand trial in state court charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, elder abuse, residential burglary and other crimes. Jury selection in the state trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday.

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