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DOJ Seeks 40-Year Sentence for Paul Pelosi Attacker

On Friday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) formally requested a sentence of 40 years in prison for the man who was convicted in the assault of Paul Pelosi, husband of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

According to Axios, the demand was made by federal prosecutors in a 20-page sentencing memo, which specifically stated that the goal was for the steep sentence to serve as a warning to others who may try to carry out political violence.

In October of 2022, David DePape broke into the Pelosis’ residence in San Francisco late in the evening and assaulted Paul with a hammer just as police were arriving. The former Speaker was not home at the time. DePape allegedly said that he wanted to assault Nancy Pelosi herself in order to “show other members of Congress there were consequences to actions.”

“The defendant planned a violent hostage-taking of the Speaker Emerita, and then nearly killed her husband,” said prosecutors in the memo. “The defendant planned and unleashed violence and has stayed true to his belief that his actions were necessary.”

The memo was signed by U.S. Attorney Ismail Ramsey and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Helen Gilbert and Laura Horn, who said that “sentencing factors compel the statutory maximums recommended here.”

Despite the mainstream media’s rush to label DePape as right-wing in order to weaponize the incident against conservatives, details about DePape’s life soon emerged confirming that he was politically on the Left rather than the Right. Among other details, he previously lived with a roommate who was a gay nudist activist, and their house was decorated with pro-LGBT flags and Black Lives Matter flags.

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 20: Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks at a press conference on the reintroduction of the Freedom to Vote Act, outside the U.S. Capitol Building on July 20, 2023 in Washington, DC. The Freedom to Vote Act aims to take steps in reorganizing national voting standards that House Democrats say disenfranchise voters. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)