Rene Boucher pleads guilty to attacking Sen.
According to court records, Rene Boucher is making an initial appearance in federal district court in Bowling Green, Kentucky, after he was charged with assaulting a member of Congress as part of a federal plea agreement in January.
Boucher charged and tackled Paul after becoming angry that the senator was stacking more brush on a pile near his yard on November 3, according to court documents. "The first "conversation" with the attacker came after Senator Paul's ribs were broken". She called out the media for falsely describing the incident.
A judge set a June 15 sentencing date for the retired anesthesiologist in his late 50s.
The episode had been "profoundly embarrassing" for Boucher, his lawyer, Matt Baker, said. Federal prosecutors plan to seek a 21-month prison sentence, while the defense will argue for probation. 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. He suffered six broken ribs. Boucher admitted the assault but denied it was politically motivated and was dispute between neighbors.
He also characterized the attack as a dispute that boiled over that had nothing to do with politics. He has been released on a $25,000 unsecured bond and is to have no contact with Paul or his family.
"The Pauls have had no conversations with him in many years", senior adviser Doug Stafford said last year.