Who is David DePape? Pelosi attacker sentenced to 30 years in prison Friday

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — David DePape, the man who broke into Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi’s home and attacked her husband with a hammer, was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Friday. The story of DePape’s violent attack on Paul Pelosi in October of 2022, is fairly well known.

DePape, according to prosecutors, was driven by conspiracy theories and had plans to tie the former speaker up and break her kneecaps if she lied to him. When he realized Nancy Pelosi was not at home, and that the police arriving meant his plans were unraveling, he bludgeoned Paul Pelosi with a hammer.

<em>(San Francisco Police Department via AP)</em>
(San Francisco Police Department via AP)

The attack was captured on the police-worn body cameras of two responding San Francisco Police Department officers. But what do we know about DePape, beyond the attack?

David DePape’s age

David DePape is 43 years old. At the time of the attack, he was 42.

DePape is Canadian

DePape is a Canadian who was living in the U.S. illegally. At the time of the attack, he was living in a Richmond garage attached to a home. The judge at Friday’s sentencing told the court that once he completes his prison sentence, DePape will be deported back to Canada by ICE immigration officials.

David DePape, center, records Gypsy Taub being led away by police after her nude wedding outside City Hall on Dec. 19, 2013, in San Francisco. DePape is accused of breaking into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s California home and severely beating her husband with a hammer. DePape was known in Berkeley, Calif., as a pro-nudity activist who had picketed naked at protests against local ordinances requiring people to be clothed in public. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

How long will DePape be in prison?

DePape received the maximum sentence in both counts against him, attacking Paul Pelosi and attempting to kidnap Nancy Pelosi. He received a 20-year sentence and a 30-year sentence. The sentences will be served concurrently with the 18 months he’s already served counted in.

Who is Gypsy Taub?

Gypsy Taub is the ex-wife of David DePape. Taub is a nudist activist who was married to DePape for several years. She attended every day of DePape’s trial and was present at Friday’s sentencing hearing. Although she was not allowed to speak Friday, KRON4.com obtained a copy of what she wanted to say in court.

Does DePape have children?

David DePape has several children. He had two sons with Taub, 20-year-old Nebosvod “Sky” Gonzalez, and 18-year-old Daniel.

<em>Nebosvod ‘Sky’ Gonzalez, David DePape’s son, speaks with reporters outside the Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse where DePape’s federal trial is underway in San Francisco on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)</em>
Nebosvod ‘Sky’ Gonzalez, David DePape’s son, speaks with reporters outside the Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse where DePape’s federal trial is underway in San Francisco on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Why did DePape attack Paul Pelosi?

According to prosecutors, DePape broke into the Pelosi’s San Francisco home intending to kidnap and hold Nancy Pelosi hostage. In earlier testimony, he discussed how his political leanings shifted from leftist to right-wing after reading a YouTube comment about former President Donald Trump. He also testified that he went to the Pelosi home that morning to talk to Speaker Pelosi about Russian involvement in the 2016 election.

How was an inflatable unicorn costume involved?

In prior testimony, DePape told the jury he planned to wear an inflatable unicorn costume and upload his interrogation of Speaker Pelosi online.

What happens now?

DePape has the right to appeal Friday’s conviction. DePape is also facing charges in San Francisco Superior Court, where he is charged with attempted murder, elder abuse, and assault with a deadly weapon. That trial is scheduled to begin next month.

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