Politics

Rand Paul Neighbor Sentenced to 30 Days

Will also pay $10,000 fine for assaulting the senator

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., praised the Department of Justice and the FBI for prosecuting his neighbor who assaulted him. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Rand Paul’s neighbor Rene Boucher will serve 30 days in prison and pay a $10,000 fine for assaulting the Kentucky Republican.

Boucher pled guilty to assaulting a member of Congress. He is also not allowed any intentional contact with Paul’s family and will also have to perform 100 hours of community service, WKYT reported.

Paul, who suffered six broken ribs in the November attack, released a short statement after the sentencing.

“No one deserves to be violently assaulted,” Paul said. “A felony conviction with jail time is appropriate and hopefully will deter the attacker from further violence"

While Paul praised the FBI and Department of Justice for treating the attack as a "violent, pre-meditated assault with the seriousness it deserves," he also said "[]he original 21 month sentence requested would have been the appropriate punishment."

Earlier this week, court documents reviewed by the Associated Press showed Boucher was angry at Paul for dropping 10-foot branches near the dividing line of his property.

Boucher thought the limbs were “unsightly” and hauled them off in portable dumpsters and when Paul dropped off new limbs, Boucher poured gasoline on them and set them on fire.

Paul’s team had called the yard dispute rationale a “false narrative.”

Along with the broken ribs, Paul injured his lungs and developed pneumonia.

Paul’s wife Kelley said in November they hadn’t spoken to Boucher in 10 years.

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