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Man Sentenced To 30 Years For Pelosi Attack Apologizes

FILE – David DePape is seen, Dec. 13, 2013, in Berkeley, Calif. DePape, the man convicted of attempting to hold former Speaker Nancy Pelosi hostage and attacking her husband with a hammer two years ag

A man convicted of attempting to hold former Speaker Nancy Pelosi hostage and attacking her husband with a hammer two years ago apologized in federal court Tuesday. The defendant, David DePape, received a 30-year prison sentence at an unusual resentencing hearing due to judicial error.

During the hearing, DePape expressed remorse for his actions, stating that he never intended to harm Pelosi and should have left when he realized she was not home. He acknowledged that he was not in a good place in his life at the time of the incident but has since reconnected with his family and is working towards moving forward.

The presiding judge emphasized the seriousness of the crime and the need for deterrence against similar acts targeting elected officials. DePape was sentenced to 30 years in prison, with credit for time served, and is expected to be deported back to Canada upon completion of his sentence.

Prosecutors had filed a motion highlighting the court's oversight in not allowing DePape to address the court during his initial sentencing. Despite objections from the defense, the resentencing hearing was held to comply with federal rules.

DePape's defense attorneys had requested a shorter sentence, citing his mental health issues and lack of prior criminal history. However, the judge upheld the 30-year prison term, emphasizing the severity of breaking into an elected official's private residence.

DePape was found guilty of attempted kidnapping and assault on a family member of a federal official. The attack on Pelosi's husband, captured on police body camera video, left him with serious injuries, including a skull fracture.

The judge rejected comparisons to sentences for individuals involved in the January 6 Capitol attack, stating that the home invasion had unique implications for elected officials' safety and security.

DePape admitted to breaking into the Pelosis' home with intentions to confront Nancy Pelosi about corruption allegations. His violent actions during the incident led to his conviction and subsequent sentencing.

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