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Neighbor reaches plea deal for assaulting US Senator Rand Paul o

11 March 2018, 12:55 | Stacy Ballard

Neighbor reaches plea deal for assaulting US Senator Rand Paul o - WDRB 41 Louisville News

BREAKING NEWS - Rand Paul's attacker pleads GUILTY to assault: Neighbor faces jail for tackling the Senator in his front yard and breaking six of his ribs in dispute over his lawn

"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.

Sen. Paul was mowing his yard in November, 2017, while wearing headphones when Boucher approached him from behind and dragged him to the ground.

After the November 3 attack, Kelly Paul, the senator's wife, made it clear that her husband was attacked by their neighbor and that there was no prior altercation between the two. A close friend of Paul's said the Republican senator had gotten off his riding lawn mower to remove a limb when he was tackled from behind.

Special Judge Marianne Battani set Boucher's sentencing for June 15.

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"He is looking forward to closure on all of this once and for all", said Boucher's attorney, Matt Baker. But Boucher faces up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He suffered six broken ribs.

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

"The Pauls have had no conversations with him in many years", senior adviser Doug Stafford said last year. "This was not a fight, it was a blindside, violent attack by a disturbed person". He said this was a dispute between longtime neighbors and not politically motivated.

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