Homeless man gets 27 months in prison for attacking Democrat rep in her Washington DC home

"I was assault No. 13 on his record. And I’m gonna do everything in my power to make sure there’s not a 14, a 15, a 20."

On Thursday, the homeless, prolific offender who attacked Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN) in the elevator of her Washington, DC apartment building was sentenced to 27 months in prison, followed by 36 months of supervised release.

According to The New York Post, prosecutors had requested a 39-month prison term for Kendrid Khalil Hamlin due to his history of assaulting police officers. 

While he was being arrested, the 26-year-old attacked two officers and bit one on the shoulder. Earlier this year, he pleaded guilty to one count of assault on a member of Congress and two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer. 

Craig, 51, wrote, in a victim impact statement, that Hamlin trapped her inside the elevator and “grabbed my neck and slammed me into the steel wall. He punched me in the face. He attempted to pull me back in as the doors opened, and I screamed for help. Physically, the attack left bruising and a cut to my lip, as well as several days of soreness and discomfort,” the Minnesota congresswoman wrote. 

She was able to defend herself by throwing hot coffee in Hamlin’s face and was able to run out of the elevator.  

Craig added that she was “doxxed by a media outlet,” referring to MSNBC, which aired her address unredacted after the attack, which forced her to break her lease and move for “targeted security concerns.” Craig noted that she and her staff have received death threats.  

The congresswoman said to CBS in February, “I was assault No. 13 on his record. And I’m gonna do everything in my power to make sure there’s not a 14, a 15, a 20.”

Hamlin’s attorney claimed during his sentencing that his client was battling drug abuse and homelessness and had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and mental disabilities.
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