Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

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

Rene Boucher pleads guilty to attacking his neighbor Sen. Rand Paul Rene Boucher pleads guilty to attacking his neighbor Sen. Rand Paul
Melinda Barton | 10 March, 2018, 00:50

"The first "conversation" with the attacker came after Senator Paul's ribs were broken". 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 plan to seek a 21-month prison sentence, while the defense will argue for probation.

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

Paul sustained six broken ribs and bruised lungs in the incident, which stemmed in part over a dispute about landscaping. Baker said his client only spoke to answer "yes" and "no" questions from a judge in a Bowling Green courtroom.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 15.

The 59-year-old Boucher has admitted to tackling Paul from behind as he mowed his lawn last November. The conditions include that Boucher have no contact with Paul or the senator's family.

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.

Boucher has agreed to pay an undisclosed amount to Paul as restitution.

The two have always been next-door neighbors in their subdivision, but have disagreed over lawn maintenance. He said this was a dispute between longtime neighbors and not politically motivated.