David DePape, the man accused of attacking former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, took to the stand in his federal trial Tuesday to say he was sorry Pelosi got hurt, according to multiple outlets, adding that he instead intended to get to his “other targets” and that he had a “good rapport” with Pelosi.
DePape, who faces life in prison if convicted, said he had a good rapport going with Pelosi after breaking into his and Nancy Pelosi’s home in San Francisco, according to NBC News, with his defense adding he didn’t plan on harming Paul or Nancy, the latter of whom was in Washington, D.C., during the night of the intrusion.
Jodi Linker, DePape’s defense attorney, has already conceded that her client was the person to break into the home and attack Pelosi—though she claimed Tuesday that DePape’s motivation didn’t match the charges he has pleaded not guilty against, which include assault on the immediate family member of a federal official and the attempted kidnapping of a federal official, CNN reported.
DePape’s defense argued he wasn’t going after the Pelosi family because of Nancy’s role as a congresswoman, with DePape testifying that his attack on Paul Pelosi, which occurred once police showed up, was the result of his plan being ruined—one that intended to get Nancy Pelosi and other targets to admit to corruption and have President Joe Biden pardon them all, the Associated Press reported.
DePape, 43, told the jury his political leanings shifted to the right before the attack and shared examples of conspiracy theories he believed to be true, according to CNN, which reported Pelosi required surgery to treat a skull fracture and injuries to his hand.
DePape’s defense and federal prosecutors did not immediately respond to Forbes’ request for comment.
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DePape has pleaded not guilty to separate state charges of attempted murder, residential burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and more, though a trial has yet to be scheduled.
50 years. That’s the maximum amount of time in prison DePape will serve if he’s found guilty of assault on the immediate family member of a federal official and the attempted kidnapping of a federal official.
The attack occurred last year in late October. Body cam footage of the attack was released early this year, which shows police officers knocking on the door of the Pelosi residence and being met by Pelosi and DePape, who both had a hand on a hammer that they appeared to be struggling for. DePape was asked to drop the hammer but refused, with video showing him lunging at Pelosi with it before being tackled by officers inside the house. 911 audio was also released, revealing calls between Pelosi and an emergency operator in which Pelosi said he had “a problem” and that DePape thought everything was “good.” Pelosi publicly recounted the attack for the first time in court Monday, claiming he was woken up by a man in his bedroom asking where his wife was. Pelosi also testified that DePape said he was going to tie him up while they waited for Nancy to return home.