Rand Paul attacker pleads guilty

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's neighbor pleaded guilty Friday to a federal charge for tackling the lawmaker in an attack his attorney says was triggered by a dispute over lawn maintenance. Rand Paul in November, abandoning him with six broken ribs, pleaded guilty Friday.

Boucher's final sentence is tentatively scheduled for June 15. Federal prosecutors plan to seek a 21-month prison sentence, while the defense will argue for probation.

Boucher, an anesthesiologist, faces up to 10 years in jail and a $250,000 fine. Bates, 76, who said he confused his stun gun with his handgun, was released in October after serving less than half of his four-year sentence for second-degree manslaughter. According to the plea deal, which was discussed in January, Boucher said he "had enough" after seeing the senator stacking more brush on a brush pile.

Paul suffered multiple broken ribs in the attack. He developed pneumonia when he returned to Kentucky.

Boucher initially pleaded not guilty and Baker was keen for his client to avoid a federal charge.

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

The case, which has been characterized as a property dispute between neighbors in the Rivergreen subdivision where the two men live, made national headlines in the wake of Boucher's arrest and provided fodder for late-night talk shows.

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

Boucher is free on bond and living in his house next to the senator's home, Baker said.

That includes Boucher's daily walks with his dog.

  • Rosalie Stanley