Kentucky man accused of tackling US Sen. Rand Paul pleads guilty

Kentucky man accused of tackling US Sen. Rand Paul pleads guilty

Rand Paul previous year pleaded guilty Friday to one felony charge of assaulting a member of Congress resulting in personal injury.

Special Judge Marianne Battani set Boucher's sentencing for June 15.

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

In November, Boucher's attorney said the altercation between his client and Paul resulted "over a trivial matter".

Boucher also agreed to pay restitution to Paul, according to media reports.

Boucher, a retired anesthesiologist, said he tackled Paul from his blind side because he saw the senator stacking brush into an existing pile. He suffered six broken ribs.

Rene Boucher, a neighbor of Sen. He developed pneumonia when he returned to Kentucky.

Paul has said he's recovering well from the attack.

The two had an ongoing dispute over yard maintenance for a few months.

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

The plea agreement between Boucher and federal prosecutors contains similar language and Baker reiterated Boucher's characterization of the nature of the dispute after court Friday. He is now free on bond.

Boucher was released on a $25,000 unsecured bond on Friday and is not allowed to contact Paul or his family.

That includes Boucher's daily walks with his dog. Paul said the injuries left him in a "living hell".