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Accused Paul Pelosi attacker pleads not guilty to U.S. charges


David Wayne DePape appears in San Francisco Superior Court for a preliminary hearing on state charges over the attack on Paul Pelosi, husband of U.S. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, in San Francisco, California, U.S. November 15, 2022 in a courtroom sketch. REUTERS/Vicki Behringer

The Canadian man accused of breaking into the San Francisco home of U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and striking her 82-year-old husband, Paul, in the head with a hammer pleaded not guilty to federal criminal charges on Tuesday, local media reported.

David Wayne DePape, 42, was ordered held without bond on federal charges of assault and attempted kidnapping and is scheduled to return to U.S. District Court in San Francisco on Nov. 30, local ABC-7 reported.

DePape pleaded not guilty on Nov. 2 to state charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, elder abuse, false imprisonment and threatening a public official.

He is accused of gaining entry to the home of Paul and Nancy Pelosi on Oct. 28 and striking Paul Pelosi with a hammer, leaving him hospitalized with a skull fracture and injuries to his hand and arm. Paul Pelosi has since been released from a San Francisco area hospital.

Nancy Pelosi, also 82 and a Democrat second in the line of succession to the presidency, was in Washington on the night of the attack.

DePape faces a maximum sentence of up to 50 years in prison if found guilty of the federal charges, although sentencing guidelines typically call for less time behind bars. The state charges carry a maximum prison sentence of 13 years to life.

Capitol Police officials have undertaken an “internal security review” to determine how its officers failed to notice the attack despite having security cameras trained on the Pelosi home.