Washington – A United States jury presented this Wednesday charges of assault and attempted kidnapping against David DePape, the 42-year-old man who at the end of October entered the house of the president of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, and attacked her husband.
The first accusation carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, while that of attempted kidnapping can carry up to 20 years, since the victim is a relative of a government representative, according to the Justice Department in a statement.
Paul Pelosi, 82, was attacked in San Francisco (California, USA) on October 28 when he was at the family home. The aggressor broke into the house shouting “Where is Nancy?”, although the Democratic congresswoman was in Washington D.C. at the time.
The husband of the Speaker of the House was seriously injured by the impact of a hammer and had to be taken to hospital, where he underwent an operation for a skull fracture and was treated for various serious injuries to his right arm and hands.
A week after the attack, Paul Pelosi was released from the hospital and has since recovered at his home.
DePape, of Canadian origin and who was in the United States irregularly, forced his way into the Pelosi residence through the back door and, once inside, went to the bedroom, where Paul was sleeping.
The aggressor was arrested at the house after the victim herself called the police.
At the scene of the crime, the Police found a roll of tape, a white rope, a second hammer -in addition to the one used in the attack-, a pair of rubber and cloth gloves and cable ties.
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