Boucher pleads guilty to federal charge in Paul attack


Rene Boucher entered the plea of guilt in federal court in Bowling Green, Ky., to a charge of assaulting a member of Congress. Paul suffered broken ribs in the attack a year ago.

The Kentucky man who tackled Sen.

Paul (R), a former presidential candidate, was attacked November 3 while mowing his lawn at his home. His neighbor, Rene Boucher, has pleaded guilty to a federal charge today, the Associated Press reports. "He still feels as though he has the weight of the world on his shoulders". Boucher faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine upwards of $250,000.

A judge set a June 15 sentencing date for the retired anesthesiologist in his late 50s.

Boucher at first pleaded not guilty in November.

Assaulting a member of Congress is a felony and carries a sentence of 21 months behind bars, WBKO reported.

Boucher has agreed to pay an undisclosed amount to Paul as restitution. Baker said he will ask for probation.

The two have always been next-door neighbors in their subdivision, but have disagreed over lawn maintenance.

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

Court documents say Boucher saw Paul stacking more brush and 'had enough'. When the U.S. Attorney's Office charged Boucher in January, it said Boucher had signed a plea agreement.