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Man who attacked Paul Pelosi with a hammer apologizes during hearing

The man convicted of attacking the husband of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (R-Calif.) with a hammer apologized to his victim during his pardon hearing Tuesday.

“I’m sorry for what I did, especially for what I did to Paul Pelosi,” David DePape reportedly told a San Francisco court. “I should never have hurt him.”

A year after the October 2022 attack, DePape was found guilty of assaulting a member of a federal official’s immediate family and attempting to kidnap a federal official.

His own testimony shows that on the night he broke into the Pelosis’ San Francisco home, DePape, armed with a hammer and cable ties, planned to kidnap and brutally interrogate Nancy Pelosi. Instead, he confronted then-82-year-old Paul Pelosi and was captured on video swinging a hammer at the venture capitalist as officers arrived on the scene.

In a photo captured by US Capitol Police, David DePape stands in front of the home of US Republican Nancy Pelosi and her husband Paul Pelosi in San Francisco, October 28, 2022.In a photo captured by US Capitol Police, David DePape stands in front of the home of US Republican Nancy Pelosi and her husband Paul Pelosi in San Francisco, October 28, 2022.

In a photo captured by US Capitol Police, David DePape stands in front of the home of US Republican Nancy Pelosi and her husband Paul Pelosi in San Francisco, October 28, 2022. U.S. Capitol Police via the Associated Press

DePape, who claims far-right conspiracy theories influenced the attempted kidnapping, was sentenced earlier this month to 30 years in prison. However, U.S. District Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley forgot to give DePape an opportunity to appear in court before sentencing, leading to a hearing this week.

On Tuesday, the judge apologized to DePape, as well as the victims and lawyers involved in the case, for the oversight.

“I want to apologize for having to be here this morning,” she said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “It’s completely up to me.”

DePape was sentenced to 30 years in prison, with credit for approximately 19 months already served in custody.