DC Attack Suspect Out Of Prison For One Day

The suspect in the vicious stabbing of Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) staffer had been out of prison for one day before the shocking incident, according to court documents. He was on the street for approximately 24 hours.

So much for rehabilitation.

Washington, D.C. authorities confirm that 42-year-old Glynn Neal was taken into custody and charged with assault with intent to kill (knife). The Saturday attack came after Neal was released from federal prison Friday.

According to the Justice Department, Neal was sentenced to 12 years and four months in prison in 2011. A D.C. court found him guilty of “compelling two North Carolina women to engage in prostitution through the use of threats.”

He was also convicted and sentenced on charges of “pandering, procuring, compelling a person to live a life of prostitution against her will, felony threats, and obstruction of justice,” officials reported.

It was just 24 hours after Neal’s release when he allegedly approached Paul staffer Phillip Todd on the street. Paul’s office said Todd was stabbed multiple times and suffered “life-threatening injuries.”

In a statement, the Republican senator said, “This past weekend a member of my staff was brutally attacked in broad daylight in Washington, D.C.” Paul expressed relief that the suspect was in custody and thanked first responders, hospital staff and police.

He also requested privacy “so everyone can focus on healing and recovery.”

The nation’s capital has been hit by a violent crime wave recently, as has much of the nation. That made actions by the city council to lessen penalties for convicted felons even more shocking.

It took the federal government and a surprising move by President Joe Biden to nullify a package of so-called criminal justice reforms that was pushed through the D.C. council. Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser had the presence of mind to veto the measure, but the council overrode her.

Due to constitutional restrictions, the federal government has the ability to nullify district laws, though this action is rarely taken. In this case, however, it was the perfectly sensible thing for Congress and the White House to do.