By Molly Prince
The neighbor of Republican Sen. Rand Paul who was convicted of attacking the Senator in 2017 was sentenced in a federal court on Friday.
Rene Boucher, 59, pleaded guilty in March to assaulting a member of Congress, resulting in personal injury, and was sentenced to 30 days in prison and a year of supervised release for the attack, reports U.S. News And World Report.
Boucher was arrested in November 2017 after he attacked the Senator outside of his Bowling Green, Kentucky home. He was reportedly upset after Paul blew some leaves onto his property while using his lawnmower. The U. S. District Court Judge presiding over the case, Judge Marianne Battani, called the attack a “dispute between neighbors” and that it was not politically motivated.
Paul told police that the neighbor “came onto his property and tackled him from behind, forcing him to the ground and causing pain.” The attack left him with six broken ribs, pleural effusion and ultimately pneumonia.
Rand Paul released a statement after the sentencing calling it “appropriate.”
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