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Sen. Rand Paul's neighbor to plea guilty in federal assault case

          <p class="speakable">The neighbor of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul signed a plea agreement Friday for the November attack that left the Republican lawmaker with six broken ribs.</p>

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          <p class="speakable">Rene Boucher, 58, was charged with assaulting a member of Congress and plans to plead guilty as a part of a federal plea agreement and could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if found guilty.</p>





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          According to Boucher’s attorney, the episode surrounding the attack had “to do with yards and the maintenance of those.”



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          He added that his client is “very meticulous” about the maintenance of his yard, while Paul takes “a much more different approach.”





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          Paul was attacked on Nov. 3 while mowing his lawn when he was allegedly tackled by Boucher from behind. The senator’s office has rejected the claim that the attack had to do with a dispute over property maintenance.





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          Boucher is also facing a misdemeanor assault charge in state court in Kentucky. He has pleaded guilty in that case.





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          No date has been set for Boucher’s court appearance in the federal case but federal prosecutors will seek a 21-month prison sentence, <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/19/us/rand-paul-assault.html" target="_blank">The New York Times reported.</a>





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          <i>The Associated Press contributed to this report. </i>





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