Man who attacked Rep. Angie Craig sentenced to 27 months in prison

A man who pleaded guilty to attacking Democratic Rep. Angie Craig of Minnesota in a Washington, D.C., elevator this year was sentenced Thursday to 27 months in prison.

Kendrid 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 news release.

Hamlin pleaded guilty in June to one count of assault on a member of Congress stemming from the Feb. 9 attack, in addition to two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer.

A spokesperson for Craig did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.

In a victim statement filed this week, Craig said that Hamlin had followed her into the elevator of her apartment complex and trapped her there.

“He grabbed my neck and slammed me into 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 was days, my mental and emotional recovery has taken much longer and is ongoing,” Craig wrote, noting that she faced death threats and was forced to move amid media commentary about her attack.

According to court documents, Hamlin also assaulted officers who attempted to arrest him. He has remained in custody since then.

Hamlin's 27-month sentence is less than the 39 months sought by prosecutors, who in court documents referred to Hamlin's past convictions for assaulting officers.

In a statement Thursday, Hamlin's attorneys Gene Ohm and Katie D’Adamo Guevara said their client is "deeply remorseful" for the harm he caused Craig.

"While we are disappointed in the length of the prison sentence, we are hopeful that he will finally get the mental health treatment he has been seeking and desperately needs upon release," they said.

Hamlin's attorneys had pushed for a sentencing of one year and a day, and said that Hamlin suffered from severe mental illness and was “off his medication, living in the streets, and struggling acutely with addiction” at the time of his arrest.

An attorney for Hamlin previously said that Hamlin did not know Craig was a member of Congress, and Capitol Police have said there was no evidence the congresswoman was targeted because of her position.

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