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