The neighbor of U.S. Senator Rand Paul has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of assaulting a member of Congress. Rene Boucher was in federal court in Bowling Green on Friday for arraignment. Rand Paul that broke the lawmaker's ribs.
A judge set sentencing for June 15. His attorney will ask for probation while prosecutors will recommend he serve 21 months. The charge carries maximum penalties of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The case, which has been characterized as a property dispute between neighbors in the Rivergreen subdivision where the two men live, made national headlines in the wake of Boucher's arrest and provided fodder for late-night talk shows.
"He is anticipating acquiring an entire determination", Baker said.More news: OPEC to Meet With Hedge Funds' Representatives on CERAweek Sidelines in Houston
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Boucher initially pleaded not guilty and Baker was keen for his client to avoid a federal charge.
Court documents say Boucher saw Paul stacking more brush and 'had enough'.
"He and his neighbour have had a long-standing disagreement, and it just finally boiled over over this yard issue", the attorney said in a phone interview.
Boucher has been released on a $25,000 bond has been ordered to abstain from any contact with the senator or the Paul family.
Boucher agreed to a plea deal in January.