Rand Paul's Neighbor Pleads Guilty to Assaulting the Lawmaker

Lynette Rowe
March 11, 2018

The neighbor accused of tackling the USA senator Rand Paul while he was mowing his lawn faces a possible prison sentence after he pleaded guilty on Friday to the attack that left the politician with broken ribs and damaged lungs. Paul was on his property and not looking when Boucher violently tackled him, resulting in the lawmaker sustaining six broken ribs and bruised lungs.

Assaulting a member of Congress is a felony and carries a sentence of 21 months behind bars, WBKO reported.

Boucher also agreed to pay restitution to Paul, according to media reports.

The 59-year-old Boucher has admitted to tackling Paul from behind as he mowed his lawn last November. Rand Paul while Paul was mowing his lawn.

Paul suffered multiple broken ribs in the attack. He's since said he's recovering from the attack.

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Some residents of the gated neighbourhood in Bowling Green had speculated the attack was motivated by a dispute over yard debris.

Boucher initially pleaded not guilty and Baker was keen for his client to avoid a federal charge.

The two have always been next-door neighbors in their subdivision, but have disagreed over lawn maintenance. Instead, it had to do with a property dispute, it said. He has been released on a $25,000 unsecured bond and is to have no contact with Paul or his family.

That includes Boucher's daily walks with his dog. At the time, he said: "It has nothing to do with politics ... it has to do with a disagreement between two neighbors".

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