Rene Boucher pleads guilty to attacking his neighbor Sen. Rand Paul
Rene Boucher pleaded guilty Friday to attacking Sen. Rand Paul while Paul was mowing his lawn.
Boucher pleaded guilty to assaulting a member of Congress resulting in personal injury, a felony under federal law. The recommended sentence by the U.S. Attorney's Office is 21 months and a fine. He has been released on a $25,000 unsecured bond and is to have no contact with Paul or his family.
Boucher's attorney, Matt Baker, says Boucher is ready to put the situation behind him.
"He's greatly embarrassed and greatly humiliated," said Baker. "I know that he wants this to be over. This is the first big step in getting there."
According to Baker, Senator Paul and Boucher have reached a side agreement to ensure their paths do not cross, which involves Boucher walking his poodle in another location.
"Because Dr. Boucher often walks in the neighborhood, and Mrs. Paul often walks in the neighborhood," Baker explained, "in order to make sure that they don't have any contact, we had literally a gentleman's agreement that Dr. Boucher would either walk in the neighborhood across the street...or somewhere else."
According to Boucher's guilty plea, on November 3, 2017 Sen. Paul was mowing his yard while wearing headphones. Boucher tackled Paul, causing multiple fractured ribs and he subsequently contracted and required medical attention for pneumonia.
Boucher's final sentence is tentatively scheduled for June 15. Boucher admitted the assault but denied it was politically motivated and was a dispute between neighbors.
Boucher faces up to 10 years in prison, but will seek probation according to his attorney.
The guilty plea gives up a right to appeal. Boucher will also be forced to pay restitution in amount that is still at the court's discretion.