Prosecutors to Seek 21-month Sentence for Sen. Paul's Neighbor

Lester Mason
January 23, 2018

Rand Paul opened up about the assault.

The disagreement between the two men centers around lawn maintenance, according to Boucher's attorney Matthew Baker. He said Monday that it had nothing to do with politics. Instead, it had to do with a property dispute that boiled over, it said.

Baker said Friday that he's hopeful the state charge will be dismissed now that Boucher has reached the plea agreement on the federal charge.

Boucher has signed a plea agreement in the case, but as of the announcement of the charges on Friday no court date for a guilty plea had been set.

Paul suffered several broken ribs in the attack and later developed pneumonia. "Those who choose to commit such an act will be held accountable".

The audio, obtained and released by Kentucky CBS affiliate WLKY following a FOIA request, reveals a measured Paul explaining to 911 operators that he was "assaulted by a neighbor" and that he requested police presence to "investigate and talk to the neighbor". Paul's breathing seemed a bit labored but he otherwise sounded calm.

Baker said Friday that he will argue against incarceration in Boucher's case.

"Everyone needs to remember, first and foremost, that this is a dispute between two neighbors", Baker said in a phone interview.

Boucher's attorney says he is "very regretful" about the attack and that it had to do with the upkeep of their yards. Paul said he would say hello in passing to Boucher, but that was about the extent of their relationship for the last 10 years.

As the announcement from the Justice Department sums it up, "Boucher allegedly witnessed the victim stack brush onto a pile near the victim's property and 'had enough.' Boucher ran onto the victim's property and tackled the victim".

On Nov. 3, Sen.

Paul said he was mowing his yard with a riding mower, but had stepped off the mower to gather sticks. "We just had no discussion until he made a decision to mug me", Paul said.

Minkler's office was assigned the case after a US attorney in Kentucky recused himself.

The federal case is being handled by the Louisville FBI office.

Boucher, a retired anesthesiologist in his late 50s, already faces a misdemeanor assault charge in state court in Kentucky. Boucher has pleaded not guilty.

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