Rand Paul attacker sentenced to additional prison time over yard assault

Rene Boucher broke the senator's ribs in 2017 in a dispute between neighbors over yard waste.
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Rene Boucher, center, appears in court for a hearing on Nov. 9, 2017, in Bowling Green, Ky.Austin Anthony / AP file

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By Adam Edelman

The neighbor of Sen. Rand Paul who in 2017 attacked the Kentucky Republican during a dispute about their yards was sentenced Monday to an additional eight months in prison for the assault.

Rene Boucher must also serve six months in home confinement, U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Leitman said Monday. Boucher will receive credit for the 30 days in prison he has already served.

Boucher had initially been sentenced to 30 days in jail for the attack, as well as 100 hours of community service and a $10,000 fine, but prosecutors said that sentence was too lenient and won the right to argue for a harsher sentence.

In a separate civil case, Boucher was also ordered to pay Paul more than $580,000 in damages.

Prosecutors were seeking a prison term of 21 to 27 months for Boucher.

During the virtual hearing, Paul, who suffered broken ribs in the November 2017 attack, said he flew 10 feet in the air from the force of the attack and was left with a “significant injury that I have lifelong symptoms from.”

“I don't know what a night without pain is like or what a day without pain is like, so I do suffer from this,” Paul said. “This was no routine altercation. This was no sort of face-to-face, man-to-man thing."

Paul testified that he suffered several bouts of pneumonia following the attack and eventually had to have hernia surgery because of all of his chronic coughing.

After he completes his sentence, Boucher will be on supervised release for 18 months with no contact with Paul or Paul’s family.

The attack stemmed from a dispute the two men had over yard waste.

Boucher, who according to court documents "had enough" of Paul’s yard maintenance habits after he saw him stacking brush into a pile on his own lawn that was near Boucher's property. Boucher then ran onto Paul's property and tackled him. Boucher was charged with assaulting a member of Congress as part of a federal plea agreement.

Carol Eggers contributed.