Boucher pleads guilty to federal charge in Paul attack

Boucher pleads guilty to federal charge in Paul attack

Boucher pleads guilty to federal charge in Paul attack

Rand Paul's attacker has pleaded guilty to assaulting the Senator on the front lawn of his Kentucky home.

Boucher, who is a retired anesthesiologist and pain specialist, lives next door to Paul.

Paul sustained six broken ribs and bruised lungs in the incident, which stemmed in part over a dispute about landscaping.

Baker's attorney, Matt Baker, has recommended Boucher serve no jail time.

Boucher's felony conviction is punishable by up to ten years in prison.

The two had an ongoing dispute over yard maintenance for a few months.

"He feels like he has the weight of the world on his shoulders", Baker said.

Sentencing was set for June 15. Federal prosecutors have signaled they will seek a 21-month prison sentence.

Baker said he will argue for Boucher to be placed on probation.

Paul was mowing his lawn and wearing headphones just before the attack, did not see the attack until the last second and was unable to brace for impact, according to federal court records.

A federal judge accepted a plea agreement from Rene Boucher on March 9, which means he is now convicted of the assault.

Boucher has agreed to pay an undisclosed amount to Paul as restitution. Authorities said Boucher admitted to going on Paul's property and tackling him.

Boucher has been released on a $25,000 bond has been ordered to abstain from any contact with the senator or the Paul family.

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