Rand Paul attacker pleads guilty
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The Kentucky man who tackled Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulPaul clashes with Booker, Harris over anti-lynching bill Rand Paul holding up quick passage of anti-lynching bill Democratic senator to offer amendment halting 'military weaponry' given to police MORE (R- Ky.) last year over a dispute about landscaping has pleaded guilty to an assault charge. 

Rene Boucher was released on a $25,000 unsecured bond on Friday after he formally pleaded guilty to one felony charge of assaulting a member of Congress resulting in personal injury, according to CNN.

His sentencing date is tentatively scheduled for June 15. 


Boucher agreed to the plea deal in January, and federal prosecutors are pursuing a 21-month jail sentence against him. 

The Nov. 3 attack at his Bowling Green, Ky., home left Paul with six broken ribs and bruised lungs.

The senator called his recovery “a living hell.”  

Paul opened up about the attack last month, saying the “rage reaction” from Boucher stemmed from a dispute over landscaping. Boucher was apparently angry at Paul for stacking a pile of brush near his property.

“I’m really proud of my yard,” Paul told late-night host Stephen Colbert. “How could someone be so mad about grass clippings?”