DOJ Seeks 40-Year Sentence for Assailant of Paul Pelosi

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is advocating for a 40-year prison sentence for David DePape, who broke into the home of the Pelosis and assaulted Paul Pelosi with a hammer, along with attempting to kidnap then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Prosecutors argue that such a severe sentence is necessary to reassure elected officials that they can perform their duties without living in fear.

According to prosecutors, attacks like DePape’s instill fear and discourage individuals from seeking public office or engaging in the public sphere. They emphasized that DePape has not shown any remorse for his actions and even appeared proud of what he had accomplished during his interactions with law enforcement.

The filing by the DOJ draws a parallel with the case of white supremacist Matthew Hale, who received a 40-year sentence for plotting to kidnap a federal judge, highlighting that DePape’s actions were more severe.

DePape was convicted last year by a jury of attempted kidnapping of a federal official and assault on an immediate family member of a federal official. Despite the conviction, DePape did not display any emotion.

The request for a lengthy sentence underscores the seriousness of the charges and the impact such crimes can have on public officials and their families.