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Rand Paul attacker pleads guilty

Rand Paul attacker pleads guilty

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

Rene Boucher, Paul's 59-year-old neighbor, pleaded guilty to a government charge of ambushing an individual from Congress bringing about individual damage.

The sentencing date has been set for June 15.

Rene Boucher is facing jail for tackling the Republican politician in Bowling Green previous year and breaking six of his ribs. Prosecutors have recommended Boucher serve a 21-month prison sentence and face a fine, the exact amount which has yet to be determined. 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.

Paul sustained six broken ribs and bruised lungs in the incident, which stemmed in part over a dispute about landscaping. Paul said the injuries left him in a "living hell".

Boucher's attorney, Matthew Baker, told ABC News last November the attack was not politically motivated. "The first "conversation" with the attacker came after Senator Paul's ribs were broken". According to the plea deal, which was discussed in January, Boucher said he "had enough" after seeing the senator stacking more brush on a brush pile.

Baker will ask the court for mercy and leniency for his client at the time of sentencing, it was reported on Friday.

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