SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – David DePape, the man accused of attacking Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s husband last month in the couple’s Pacific Heights home, pleaded not guilty on all charges in a San Francisco federal courtroom this morning.
The 42-year-old had been in county court, already facing several state charges, including attempted murder. Today was DePape’s first day in court on federal charges.
He was charged with one count of assault on an immediate family member of a United States official with intent to retaliate against the official on account of their performance of official duties. This charge carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison (five years of supervised release) and a $250,000 fine.
DePape has also been charged with one count of attempted kidnapping of a U.S. official (Mrs. Pelosi), which carries a maximum of 20 years in prison (three years of supervised release) and a $250,000 fine.
After the hearing, DePape was returned to the custody of the San Francisco County Sheriff’s Department. His next court date is Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 9 a.m.
The federal indictment states that DePape broke into the Pelosi home in San Francisco on Oct. 28.
Mr. Pelosi told police he was asleep at the time and woke up to DePape, a man he never met before, in his bedroom.
Mr. Pelosi was able to call 911.
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When officers arrived in the home they found Mr. Pelosi and DePape engaged in a struggle over a hammer, and officers say DePape got control of it and struck him in the head.
Police also say DePape told them he wanted to attack the house speaker and other political leaders.
DePape will be in court this morning at 10:30 a.m.
Rob Nesbitt contributed reporting.