In Washington Immigration authorities confirm that the guy accused of savagely beating Paul Pelosi with a hammer last week was present in the country illegally.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, 42-year-old David DePape entered the nation using a Canadian temporary visiting visa that had already expired. DePape may potentially be deported back to Canada since Immigration and Customs Enforcement has urged San Francisco County to turn him over to the organization. He would serve out his punishment first if he were found guilty of crimes against Pelosi.
Records indicate DePape arrived in the country temporarily in March 2008 at San Ysidro. The typical visa-free stay in the United States is six months for eligible Canadian travellers who portray themselves as tourists or business visitors.
In addition to elder abuse, domestic burglary, attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, and threatening a public official, he is accused by the state of a number of crimes. He has also been accused of attempted kidnapping and assault with the purpose to harm or endanger a family member of a government official in retaliation.
He faces a potential sentence of 50 years in prison for the federal accusations and 13 years to life in prison if found guilty of the state charges.
According to investigators, DePape stormed into Pelosi and his wife, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.San ,’s Francisco home with the intention of holding her hostage and breaking her kneecaps. Before attacking Paul Pelosi with a hammer, DePape addressed him and reportedly said, “Where is Nancy?” at the time, knowing that she was in Washington, D.C. On that day, Pelosi, 82, needed surgery to treat a fractured skull and severe wounds to his right arm and hands.
The suspect appears to have run a website where he posted a wide range of articles covering practically every type of contemporary conspiracy theory, including those about aliens, Jews, communism, vaccines, voter fraud, and many other subjects. A preliminary examination of DePape’s internet activity, according to two law enforcement officials, revealed recent blog entries that advocated views generally associated with far-right extremism as well as certain leftist anti-establishment viewpoints.
Police discovered on Saturday that DePape had spent the previous two years residing in a garage attached to a house in Richmond, a suburb of San Francisco. The complaint stated that while searching the garage, “agents seized among other things, two hammers, a sword, and a pair of rubber and cloth gloves.”