Kentucky man pleads guilty to attacking US Sen. Rand Paul

Kentucky man pleads guilty to attacking US Sen. Rand Paul

Cheryl Sanders
March 10, 2018

Rene Boucher entered the guilty plea in federal court in Bowling Green, Kentucky, to a charge of assaulting a member of Congress. Paul suffered broken ribs in the attack a year ago. Rene Boucher, who appeared in federal district court Friday, had been charged with assaulting a member of Congress as a part of a federal plea agreement in January.

Federal prosecutors will seek a 21-month prison sentence for Boucher.

Boucher, an anesthesiologist, faces up to 10 years in jail and a $250,000 fine.

"He is anticipating acquiring an entire determination", Baker said.

Boucher's attorney, Matt Baker, said he will argue for probation at his client's June 15 sentencing.

Boucher also agreed to pay restitution to Paul, according to media reports.

Boucher at first pleaded not guilty in November.

The Nov. 3 incident between the two men left Kentucky's junior senator with broken ribs and led to Paul being treated for pneumonia. Paul has said he never saw the attacker because he was facing downhill and wearing ear protection from the noise of his lawn mower. Before Friday's hearing, he had spoken to the authorities of annoyance over Paul's landscaping and a large pile of brush on his neighbor's property, and had admitted to law enforcement officers that he ran on to Paul's property and tackled the politician while he was not looking.

Boucher and Paul have been neighbors in Rivergreen for close to 20 years, though Paul has said that he had very little contact with Boucher for several years leading up to being tackled.

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