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Suspect released from prison day before allegedly stabbing Sen. Rand Paul staffer

Federal prison records show that the suspect was released Friday. 

Published: March 28, 2023 12:52pm

The suspect accused of stabbing the staffer of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was released from prison one day before the incident, according to court records. 

The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department said Monday that Glynn Neal, 42, was arrested and charged with "Assault with Intent to Kill (Knife)" in connection to the incident Saturday.

The victim, identified by Fox News as Paul staffer Phillip Todd, suffered "life-threatening injuries" and was treated at a local hospital, according to police.

Federal prison records show that Neal was released Friday. 

Neal was sentenced in 2011 to 12 years in prison after he was found guilty in a D.C. court of "compelling two North Carolina women to engage in prostitution through the use of threats," the Justice Department wrote at the time. Neal was also "convicted of charges of pandering, procuring, compelling a person to live a life of prostitution against her will, felony threats, and obstruction of justice," officials said.

In a statement after the attack, Paul said he and his wife are "praying for a speedy and complete recovery."

The assault comes after the federal government earlier this month overrode the D.C. City Council's proposed changes to the district's criminal code that would have relaxed violent crime penalties.

"We are relieved to hear the suspect has been arrested. At this time we would ask for privacy so everyone can focus on healing and recovery," he also said.

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