National Digest: Neighbor pleads guilty in attack on Sen. Rand Paul

Rene Boucher is facing jail for tackling the Republican politician in Bowling Green last year and breaking six of his ribs

Rene Boucher is facing jail for tackling the Republican politician in Bowling Green last year and breaking six of his ribs

Rand Paul previous year pleaded guilty Friday to one felony charge of assaulting a member of Congress resulting in personal injury.

Rene Boucher was charged with assaulting a member of Congress, resulting in personal injury and was released on a $25,000 bond while awaiting his sentencing date, which is set for June 15, CNN reported.

Paul was attacked November 3 while mowing his lawn at his home.

"He is anticipating acquiring an entire determination", Baker said. The charge carries maximum penalties of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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

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.

Paul suffered multiple broken ribs in the attack.

Baker said Friday that the attack was a "complete lapse in judgment" by Boucher.

The two have always been next-door neighbors in their subdivision, but have disagreed over lawn maintenance. He developed pneumonia when he returned to Kentucky. The conditions include that Boucher have no contact with Paul or the senator's family.

In arguing for no prison time, Baker said, he'll note that Boucher's record had consisted of a speeding ticket before the attack. He said this was a dispute between longtime neighbors and not politically motivated.

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