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Rand Paul neighbor pleads guilty to assaulting Kentucky senator

Rand Paul neighbor pleads guilty to assaulting Kentucky senator

Paul suffered from multiple broken ribs in the attack, but returned to Washington less than two weeks after.

Prosecutors led by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bradley Shepard, though, are seeking a prison sentence of 21 months. The charge carries maximum penalties of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Rene Boucher was released on $25,000 unsecured bond and has a sentencing date tentatively scheduled for June 15, said Kelly Lovell, a case manager for Kentucky's western district federal court.

Boucher's attorney says he's seeking probation, however.

Boucher has agreed to pay restitution to Paul in an amount that will be determined at sentencing. 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.

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

Paul was mowing his lawn and wearing headphones just before the attack, did not see the attack until the last second and was unable to brace for impact, according to federal court records.

Boucher has explained that the attack was not politically motivated, but was merely over a property dispute.

He also characterized the attack as a dispute that boiled over that had nothing to do with politics.

Boucher, who is Paul's neighbor, admits the fight was about yard maintenance.

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