Nov 16, 2023 - Politics & Policy

D.C. man who assaulted Rep. Angie Craig sentenced to 27 months in prison

Angie Craig

Angie Craig at a news conference in March 2022. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

The man who assaulted Rep. Angie Craig (D-Minn.) in the elevator of her D.C. apartment building in February was sentenced on Thursday to more than two years in prison, multiple outlets reported.

Why it matters: The incident provided a high-profile example of the threats faced by lawmakers, which have soared in recent years.

  • Kendrid Khalil Hamlin pled guilty earlier this year to one count of assault on a member of Congress and two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer in connection to the incident.

What she's saying: In a victim impact statement filed to the court Tuesday, Craig detailed how the assault affected her.

  • "While my physical recovery was days, my mental and emotional recovery has taken much longer and is ongoing. My sense of safety and security has been significantly impacted," she wrote.
  • Craig said she has had to combat periodic anxiety in the wake of the attack and has sought out self-defense training. She also recalled being forced to move after her address was disclosed and receiving "physical violence and death threats" against her and her staff.

State of play: The 27-month sentence the judge handed down is shorter than what was sought by federal prosecutors.

  • They requested Hamlin be sentenced to 39 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.
  • Hamlin has a history of previous arrests for violent or threats, the Star Tribune reported.
  • In her statement before the sentence was handed down, Craig wrote she hoped the punishment would ensure Hamlin was "held accountable for his actions."
  • She added she hoped Hamlin is provided mental health and other services during his incarceration, so that he might become a "productive member of society" and pose no further threat to others.
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