The man who attacked MP Angie Craig has been jailed for 27 months
Kindred Khalil Hamlin of Washington was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg. He also faces 36 months of supervised release after his prison term, the Justice Department said in a report New release.
Hamelin Admission of guilt In June, he was charged with assaulting a member of Congress in connection with the February 9 attack, as well as two counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer.
A spokesman for Craig did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.
In a victim statement filed this week, Craig said Hamlin followed her into the elevator of her apartment complex and cornered her there.
“He grabbed my neck and slammed me against the steel wall. “He punched me in the face,” she wrote, adding that the attack left her bruised and with a cut lip.
“While my physical recovery took days, my mental and emotional recovery took much longer and is ongoing,” Craig wrote, noting that she faced death threats and was forced to act amid media commentary about her attack.
According to court documents, Hamlin also assaulted officers who attempted to arrest him. He has remained in detention since then.
Hamlin’s 27-month prison sentence falls short of the 39 months requested by prosecutors, who pointed in court documents to Hamlin’s prior convictions for assaulting officers.
In a statement Thursday, Hamlin’s attorneys, Jane Homme and Katie D’Adamo Guevara, said their client is “deeply remorseful” for the harm he caused Craig.
“While we are disappointed by the length of his prison sentence, we are hopeful that he will finally receive the mental health treatment he has been seeking and desperately needs upon his release,” they said.
Hamlin’s lawyers had asked for a sentence of one year and a day in prison, saying Hamlin suffered from severe mental illness and was “off medication, living on the streets, and severely struggling with addiction” at the time of his arrest.
Hamlin’s attorney previously said Hamlin did not know Craig was a congressman, and Capitol Police have said there is no evidence the congresswoman was targeted because of her position.
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