Rand Paul's neighbor in court Friday

Rene Boucher 59 of Bowling Green who Kentucky State Police says assaulted U.S. Senator Rand Paul at his residence and charged with one count of Assault is seen in this Warren County Detention Center

Rene Boucher, a neighbor of Sen.

Boucher's lawyer, Matthew Baker, and Kelsey Cooper, a representative for Paul, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Boucher faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine upwards of $250,000. He said this was a dispute between longtime neighbors and not politically motivated.

Paul was wearing headphones and mowing the lawn at his home in a gated community in Bowling Green, Kentucky, when Boucher became angered over having seen the 55-year-old senator stack brush near Boucher's property, the U.S. Department of Justice previously said.

"This has been profoundly embarrassing for him, he's very much looking forward to moving on and this is the next step in achieving that", Boucher's attorney, Matt Baker, said after Friday's court appearance.

Rand Paul a year ago at his home in Kentucky pleaded guilty Friday morning in federal court.

Federal prosecutors have recommended a sentence of 21 months for Boucher, but Baker said he is hoping a judge will sentence his client to probation.

The Nov. 3 incident between the two men left Kentucky's junior senator with broken ribs and led to Paul being treated for pneumonia.


Paul was mowing his yard on November 3 at his home in the Rivergreen gated community in Bowling Green when Boucher saw Paul stacking brush onto a pile near his property, according to court records.

"He is anticipating acquiring an entire determination", Baker said.

Sentencing is set for June 15.

Boucher has been released on a $25,000 bond has been ordered to abstain from any contact with the senator or the Paul family.

That includes Boucher's daily walks with his dog.

In arguing for no prison time, Baker said, he'll note that Boucher's record before the attack had consisted of a speeding ticket.

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