(RoyalPatriot.com )- One of Republican Senator Rand Paul’s staffers was brutally stabbed while in Washington, D.C., this week, and in the days since, it’s been revealed that the suspect was released from prison due to a law passed under the 2018 Congress that was controlled by Republicans.
Glynn Neal is the 42-year-old man who has been accused of randomly stabbing Phillip Todd, a staffer for Paul. Todd was leaving the Sol Mexican Grill in Washington, D.C., when he was stabbed by Neal.
Todd is still recovering from the attack, which resulted in him having deep wounds to his abdomen and head. His family has said that he suffered a collapsed lung and a skull fracture as a result of the attack.
Just one day before the attack, the suspect received an early release from Maryland federal prison. He was granted this early release after earning his “good time credit,” which is something included in the First Step Act.
That’s a law that was championed by the Republican majorities in the Senate and the House in 2018, and that includes Paul. Ultimately, then-President Donald Trump signed the bill into law.
It’s ironic now, of course, that Paul was behind the bill – since the attack occurred on his staff by someone who received early release because of the bill.
In December of 2018, when the law passed through Congress, Paul said:
“I am absolutely thrilled with tonight’s passage of the First Step Act. True to its name, this prison and sentencing reform bill is a much-needed first step toward shifting our focus to rehabilitation and re-entry of offenders, rather than taking every person who ever made a mistake with drugs, locking them up, and throwing away the key.”
In the spring of the following year, Brooke Rollins, who was an official in the Trump White House, gave an exclusive interview to Breitbart News, saying the bill would “go down as one of [Donald Trump’s] greatest accomplishments.”
Politicians from both parties touted the bill, saying it would actually “improve public safety,” calling the bill “one of the greatest policy wins of our generation.”
Maybe they wouldn’t say the same thing now, after one of their own was directly affected by someone who received grace due to the law.
Through July of last year, more than 7,5000 inmates received their early release from a federal prison under the First Step Act. That has included violent criminals convicted of weapons offenses, assault, murder and armed robberies.
Sadly, Neal isn’t the only person who was released early from prison thanks to the bill that went on to allegedly commit another crime.
In 2019, Joel Francisco, a 41-year-old notorious leader of a gang called the “Almighty Latin Kings,” was freed from prison thanks to the law. Then, only months after that, he was arrested again and charged with murdering Troy Pine, a 46-year-old man.