Nancy Pelosi husband attack suspect David DePape pleads not guilty to federal charges

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The Canadian man accused of breaking into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s home last month and assaulting her husband with a hammer in the middle of the night appeared in federal court for the first time Tuesday, pleading not guilty in a brief hearing.

David DePape, 42, faces federal charges of assaulting an immediate family member of a federal official and attempted kidnapping of a federal officer for the alleged home invasion attack that sent Paul Pelosi, 82, to the hospital for emergency surgery on a skull fracture.

The charges carry 30- and 20-year prison terms, respectively, if he is convicted.

The suspect spoke with his attorney, a federal public defender, in hushed tones and only spoke up to tell the court his name during the 10-minute hearing in which he appeared shackled in an orange jail jumpsuit.

He also faces state charges that carry penalties of up to life in prison if convicted.

DePape allegedly broke into Pelosi's San Francisco home around 2 a.m. Oct. 28, snuck into the master bedroom and found Paul Pelosi asleep.

He is accused of demanding to know the House speaker’s whereabouts and threatening to break her kneecaps with a hammer – but she was in Washington, D. C., at the time.... (Read more)