Prosecutors want 21 months in prison for Rand Paul's attacker

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 23, 2018

Rand Paul, R-Ky., faces federal assault charges, the Department of Justice announced Friday.

Paul sustained six broken ribs and pleural effusion - fluid around the lungs - November 3 when Boucher allegedly attacked him outside his home.

Boucher is "very meticulous" about how he maintains his yard, while Paul takes "a much different approach" to the upkeep of his property, Baker said. The two had had an ongoing dispute over yard maintenance.

Boucher has been formally charged with assaulting a member of Congress resulting in personal injury, which is a felony.

Boucher signed a plea agreement last week, but no date has been set for the taking of his guilty plea and sentencing.

While federal prosecutors will recommend a almost two-year prison sentence, Boucher's attorney said Monday he will argue that his client should not serve any jail time.

Baker characterized the attack as a dispute between two neighbors that boiled over. The senator says he was attacked while doing yard work at his Kentucky home, adding that there is "no justification" for what happened.

"My colleagues come up all the time, and they want to make sure that there is some kind of deterrent because people don't want to think that it's open season on our elected officials", Paul said.

Paul says he hasn't spoken to Boucher in about a decade. The charge against him carries a top sentence of 10 years.

The plea deal also raises the prospect that Boucher - a retired anesthesiologist in his late 50s - will pay restitution to Paul. Boucher "executed a running tackle", according to court documents, injuring the senator, who according to court documents didn't hear the attack coming.

"After my ribs were broken, then he said things to me to try to indicate why he was unhappy, but I think the, I guess to me the bottom line is, it isn't so important".

The violent scuffle occurred November 3 at Paul's home while he was doing yard work. In a later interview with the FBI, Boucher again confessed to tackling Paul, the document said. His attorney has said he will plead guilty.

Minkler's office was assigned the case after a USA attorney in Kentucky recused himself.

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