Man who attacked Sen. Rand Paul sentenced to 30 days

Dispute about landscaping led to attack

By AMANDA WATTS AND CLARE FORAN, CNN
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Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rene Boucher, the man who pleaded guilty to attacking his neighbor Sen. Rand Paul, has been sentenced to 30 days along with a year of supervised release, according to a case manager with Kentucky Western District federal court.

Boucher pleaded guilty in March to one felony charge of assaulting a member of Congress resulting in personal injury. The attack last fall, which stemmed in part over a dispute about landscaping, left Paul, a Kentucky Republican, with six broken ribs and bruised lungs.

According to the plea deal, Boucher said he "had enough" after seeing the senator stacking more brush on a brush pile.

In a statement Friday to CNN, Paul said, "No one deserves to be violently assaulted. A felony conviction is appropriate and hopefully will deter the attacker from further violence. The original 21-month sentence requested would have been the appropriate punishment. I commend the FBI and Department of Justice for treating this violent, pre-meditated assault with the seriousness it deserves."

Boucher also was fined $10,000 plus an additional $100 to cover court costs, the case manager said.

A lawyer who has represented Boucher did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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