Neighbor reaches plea deal for assaulting US Senator Rand Paul o

10 March, 2018, 01:13 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Rand Paul's attacker has pleaded guilty to assaulting the Senator on the front lawn of his Kentucky home. He

Boucher faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine upwards of $250,000.

Sen. Paul was mowing his yard in November, 2017, while wearing headphones when Boucher approached him from behind and dragged him to the ground. Rand Paul previous year pleaded guilty Friday to one felony charge of assaulting a member of Congress resulting in personal injury.

The episode had been "profoundly embarrassing" for Boucher, his lawyer, Matt Baker, said. Prosecutors have recommended Boucher serve a 21-month prison sentence and face a fine, the exact amount which has yet to be determined.

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Boucher is scheduled to be sentenced on June 15. A friend of Paul's said the senator had alighted from his ride-on lawnmower to remove a tree branch when he was suddenly tackled from behind. 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. Paul suffered six broken ribs and a bout with pneumonia as a result of the attack.

Boucher denied any political motivations in the attack. Authorities said Boucher admitted to going on Paul's property and tackling him. "This was not a fight, it was a blindside, violent attack by a disturbed person".

Defense attorney Matthew Baker told CNN, regarding sentencing, the defense will "ask in general terms for mercy and leniency and hope the court will give it thoughtful consideration and consider a probated sentence".


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