Canadian David DePape, accused of assaulting Paul Pelosi last Friday, husband of the president of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, entered legally through Mexico, but his stay in the country had expired for 14 years media reported.
Federal records indicate that DePape entered the United States as a visitor on March 8, 2008 through the port of entry in San Ysidro (California) that connects San Diego County with Tijuana (Mexico).
Canadian citizens generally do not require a visa when entering the United States as visitors or on business, and are allowed to stay in the country for up to six months.
”The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) has requested from the San Francisco County Jail a detention immigration for Canadian citizen David DePape after his arrest on October 28, ”said a message from officials of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS, in English).
ICE issues so-called immigration “detainers” to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to inform them that it will seek custody of an individual, and asks that ICE be notified when that person will be released.
If convicted of the assault, in which Paul Pelosi, 82, sustained a skull fracture, DePape, 42, could be deportee once the judicial process in the United States concludes.
DePape, accused of assault and attempted kidnappingHe pleaded not guilty to the charges against him on Tuesday.
The first accusation carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, while that of attempted kidnapping can carry up to 20 years as the victim is a relative of a government representative, according to the Department of Justice.
Pelosi was taken to Zuckerberg General Hospital and successfully operated on for a skull fracture and several serious injuries to his right arm and hands.
Paul Pelosi, 82, was attacked in that Californian city when he was at the family home. The assailant burst into the house shouting “Where’s Nancy?”although the Democratic congresswoman was in Washington DC at the time
US media, citing family sources, said the assailant told Paul Pelosi that I was going to tie it and then wait for the president to arrive at the house.
“Our agents observed that Mr. Pelosi and a suspect were both holding a hammer. The suspect pushed the hammer away from Mr. Pelosi and violently assaulted him with it,” causing injuries to his skull and body, the prosecutor said. San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scottto journalists.
Nancy Pelosibroke the silence and expressed that she and her family were “heartbroken and traumatized” for the violent attack on her husband at their home in California.
“Our children and grandchildren, and I, are heartbroken and traumatized by the attack that threatened the life of our Pop,” he said in a letter posted on Twitter.
“We are grateful for the quick response from law enforcement and emergency services, and for the medical care he receives to save his life,” he added.
(with information from EFE)