Rand Paul's Neighbor Pleads Guilty to Assaulting the Lawmaker

Posted March 11, 2018

Rene Boucher entered the plea of guilt in federal court in Bowling Green, Ky., to a charge of assaulting a member of Congress. Paul suffered broken ribs in the attack past year. But Boucher faces up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Special Judge Marianne Battani set Boucher's sentencing for June 15.

Prosecutors have said they are looking at pushing a 21-month jail sentence on Boucher, after he attacked Paul outside of his home in Bowling Green, Ky., which left the senator with six broken ribs, pleural effusion and pneumonia.

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Boucher's attorney says he's seeking probation, however.

Boucher initially pleaded not guilty and Baker was keen for his client to avoid a federal charge.

Boucher, a retired anesthesiologist, said he tackled Paul from his blind side because he saw the senator stacking brush into an existing pile.

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The two had an ongoing dispute over yard maintenance for a few months. Rand Paul while Paul was mowing his lawn.

The two have always been next-door neighbors in their subdivision, but have disagreed over lawn maintenance. He has been released on a $25,000 unsecured bond and is to have no contact with Paul or his family.

Boucher agreed to a plea deal in January over the November 3 incident.

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In comments to police, Boucher indicated the attack was not politically motivated, according to court documents.