Rene Boucher sentenced 30 days in prison for attack on Sen. Rand Paul

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WKYT/WBKO) - Rene Boucher was sentenced to 30 days in federal prison for assaulting U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky.

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Rene Boucher pleaded guilty in March to a federal charge of assaulting a member of Congress. Boucher says the attack was triggered by Paul stacking yard debris near his property line. Paul suffered broken ribs in the November attack.

Along with prison time, Boucher will also have one year of supervised release and a $10,000 fine. He is not allowed to have any intentional contact with the Paul family, and he must perform 100 hours of community service.

Federal prosecutors tried to get a 21-month prison sentence, and Boucher had asked for probation.

In a statement this week, Paul dismissed the notion the men had a yard dispute. He says that "justifies such violence and misses the point."

Boucher's attorney Matt Baker said of the sentenced he thinks "it's a real example of how a momentary lapse in judgment, 20 or 30 seconds of poor decision making, can have such a profound impact not only on Senator Paul, but Dr. Boucher.