Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN) is getting more justice in her assault case than most Americans do these days.
The man who assaulted her in her apartment is headed to jail.
Kendrid Khalil Hamlin, 27, has received a sentence of 27 months, but it was still not what prosecutors were hoping.
What Do You Expect?
I wish I could say a more lenient sentence is a surprise, but that is far from the case, especially when you consider where the case was sentenced.
Craig was entering her DC apartment on the morning of February 9, 2023, when she was assaulted by Hamlin,
She immediately reported the incident, and the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia was able to locate and arrest Hamlin later that day.
Craig stated that he had greeted Hamlin when she entered the lobby of the building, but then Hamlin started to act a bit erratic.
After she entered the elevator to go to her apartment, Hamlin followed her inside, then punched the Minnesota Democrat and grabbed her by the neck. She was able to get away after throwing coffee at Hamlin.
Police reported that when they took Hamlin into custody, he also assaulted them, yet the judge let Hamlin off with a sentence that was about a year less than prosecutors had recommended in the case.
Craig stated, “While this case has received much attention because I am a Member of Congress, that morning I was simply a woman followed into an elevator by a man and assaulted there."
She continued, "I sincerely hope Mr. Hamlin, during his incarceration and subsequent conditions of release, is provided the mental health and addiction services that will allow him to become a productive member of society.
“Until that occurs, given his history of previous convictions and my own experience, I believe he would continue to be a further threat to others.”
During his hearing, Hamlin stated, “I really do apologize to Angie Craig for putting my hands on her and also the officers,” which clearly pulled on the heartstrings of the judge enough to lower the sentence.