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The person who was charged with assaulting the husband of former Democratic speaker of the Home of Representatives Nancy Pelosi final 12 months has been convicted in a US federal court docket.
A jury in San Francisco returned the decision on Thursday in opposition to David DePape, who was charged last year with assaulting Paul Pelosi after getting into his San Francisco residence in the midst of the evening, and with trying to kidnap a US official.
He was discovered responsible on each counts and confronted as much as life in jail when he’s sentenced at a later date, prosecutors mentioned.
DePape final 12 months informed authorities he was planning to carry then-Speaker Pelosi — whom he described because the “chief of the pack” of lies informed by the Democratic celebration — hostage to query her, in keeping with an FBI agent’s affidavit. DePape mentioned that had she lied, he deliberate to interrupt “her kneecaps”.
DePape entered the Pelosi home by breaking a glass door with a hammer. He carried instruments together with rope, tape in addition to rubber and fabric gloves, authorities mentioned on the time.
DePape and Pelosi have been taken to hospital after the assault, the place Pelosi underwent surgical procedure geared toward repairing a cranium fracture and vital accidents on his fingers and arm. Nancy Pelosi was in Washington on the time.
Attorneys representing DePape didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
A spokesperson for Nancy Pelosi mentioned in an announcement after the decision that the previous speaker and her household have been “deeply grateful for the outpouring of prayers and heat needs for” her husband, who “continues to make progress in his restoration”.
He “demonstrated extraordinary composure and braveness on the evening of the assault a 12 months in the past and within the courtroom this week”, the spokesperson added.
The assault raised issues in regards to the security of lawmakers main as much as the 2022 midterm elections and elevated the concentrate on the dangers stemming from aggressive political rhetoric.