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Suspect in Paul Pelosi attack indicted on federal charge

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A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted a man on charges of assault and attempted kidnapping in connection with the attack on Nancy Pelosi's husband last month. The man was already in custody at the time.

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Charges brought against David DePape in connection with the break-in at the Pelosis family's San Francisco home on October 28 are identical to but more serious than those in a prior federal complaint that was submitted on October 31.

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According to the six-page indictment, when police arrived in response to Paul Pelosi's 911 call, they discovered Paul Pelosi and DePape fighting over a hammer.

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The indictment claimed that DePape muttered "ummm nope" before swinging the hammer obnoxiously at Paul Pelosi after being ordered by an officer to do so.

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According to the indictment, the altercation lasted for about 15 seconds and left Pelosi and DePape on the ground with blood pooling around Paul Pelosi's head.

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DePape, 42, was detained inside the Pelosi home. Richmond is a suburb of San Francisco. In his 911 call, Paul Pelosi described how a stranger who had just entered his bedroom in search of Nancy Pelosi had disturbed him while he was sleeping.

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A glass door leading to the back porch had been broken, the police discovered later. A roll of tape, a white rope, a second hammer, a set of cloth and rubber gloves, and zip ties were all found.

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Days before the fiercely contested midterm elections—the first national election since the Capitol insurrection on January 6, 2021—the assault rocked the political establishment.

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Authorities have issued warnings about the escalating extremism in the United States, and threats against lawmakers and election officials are at all-time highs.

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The maximum sentence for the first charge is 30 years in federal prison, while the maximum sentence for the second charge is 20 years.

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