KGO-TV reported that on Thursday, a federal jury found David DePape, the individual accused of assaulting Paul Pelosi in 2022, not guilty on all counts.
DePape forcibly entered the residence of Paul Pelosi on October 28, 2022, and subsequent to the failure of his scheme to abduct Nancy Pelosi, he hammered Paul Pelosi.
According to KGO-TV, the jury rendered a guilty verdict on all federal offenses, which included assaulting an intimate family member of a public official and attempting to abduct a federal official.
DePape initially entered a not-guilty plea to the federal charges that were lodged against him. However, during his testimony on Tuesday, he made a confession that he had indeed assaulted Paul Pelosi with the intention of capturing Nancy Pelosi. According to The Associated Press, defense attorneys for DePape had argued that he wanted to abduct Nancy Pelosi not because of her position as house speaker but to expose what he believed to be a massive government conspiracy.
“The defense made an argument which was basically trying to — I think — confuse the jury a little bit as to the elements of the crime and what are the legal elements,” University of California Law San Francisco Professor Rory Little told CBS News on Wednesday.
DePape could face up to 50 years in prison following his verdict.