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 Tuesday.
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 on a mission to break her kneecaps with a hammer – but she was in Washington, D.C., at the time.
Paul Pelosi called 911, and responding officers arrived at the front door to find Pelosi and DePape struggling for control of a hammer.
“The two officers opened the door to see the foyer of the Pelosi Residence, Mr. Pelosi, wearing a long-sleeved shirt, DEPAPE in shorts, running shoes and a sweatshirt, and DEPAPE and Mr. Pelosi jointly gripping a hammer,” the federal indictment reads.
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In an incident that investigators say was captured on two officers’ bodycams, police ordered them to drop the hammer. DePape said, “Ummm, nope,” broke free from Pelosi’s grip and allegedly cracked his skull.
Police tackled DePape at the scene, and he appeared in court days later with his arm in a sling – which was gone by Tuesday’s hearing.
Pelosi was treated for a skull fracture and injuries to his arms and hands.
On the state charges, a San Francisco judge has scheduled a discovery hearing for Nov. 28 and set a Dec. 14 preliminary hearing where witnesses could testify. DePape has pleaded not guilty to those charges as well.
Federal immigration officials have requested a detainer and could deport him if he is ever released from custody.
DePape’s next federal court date is on Nov. 30.
Fox News’ Michael Lundin contributed to this report.