Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Rene Boucher pleads guilty to attacking his neighbor Sen. Rand Paul

Rene Boucher pleads guilty to attacking his neighbor Sen. Rand Paul

Rand Paul has pleaded guilty to attacking him.

The man accused of violently attacking Kentucky Sen. The charge can carry up to ten years in prison as well as a hefty $250,000 fine.

A judge set a June 15 sentencing date for the retired anesthesiologist in his late 50s.

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.

The episode had been "profoundly embarrassing" for Boucher, his lawyer, Matt Baker, said.

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

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According to Associated Press, Boucher has agreed to pay restitution to Paul, but the amount will be confirmed during the sentencing later this year.

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

In a statement made in November to Kentucky State Police, which responded to a 911 call from Paul, Boucher admitted running onto the senator's property and tackling him as he mowed his lawn while wearing headphones after Boucher witnessed Paul stack brush on top of a pile near the senator's property.

The two had an ongoing dispute over yard maintenance for a few months. When the U.S. Attorney's Office charged Boucher in January, it said Boucher had signed a plea agreement.

He also characterized the attack as a dispute that boiled over that had nothing to do with politics.

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