On Friday, the man who assaulted Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) late last year pleaded guilty to a felony assault charge in a Kentucky federal courtroom.
Paul’s neighbor, registered Democrat Rene Boucher, pled guilty to one felony charge of assaulting a member of Congress resulting in personal injury. That charge stemmed from when he tackled Paul on November 3. Federal prosecutors are reportedly pursuing a 21-month jail sentence against Boucher.
Regarding sentencing, defense attorney Matthew Baker told CNN that they will “ask in general terms for mercy and leniency and hope the court will give it thoughtful consideration and consider a probated sentence.”
Boucher has reportedly denied that the attack was politically motivated.
“It was sort of, I guess, a living hell for the first four or five weeks,” Paul said in January, as he described his injuries while appearing on CBS’s “Face The Nation.” “Couldn’t get out of bed without assistance. Six broken ribs, damage to my lungs. Two bouts of pneumonia. It was really a tough go of it, but each day I feel a little bit better. This last month, I’ve been doing better.”
Boucher was released from prison on a $25,000 unsecured bond and is tentatively scheduled to appear in court for sentencing on June 15.