If you recall, last year when Republican Senator Rand Paul was mowing his lawn, he was viciously ambushed by his neighbor, registered Democrat Rene Boucher. Senator Paul had just stepped off his lawn mower and was wearing silencing earmuffs and never saw or heard his neighbor coming. Boucher attacked Senator Paul from behind and left him with six broken ribs, lung contusions, and ultimately two bouts of pneumonia.
Boucher was finally sentenced
- 30 days on a federal charge of assaulting a member of Congress.
- One year of supervised release
- 100 hours of community service
- Pay a $10,000 fine
- Has been ordered not to make contact with Paul or his family
Federal prosecutors sought a 21-month sentence for Boucher, which Senator Paul’s spokeswoman Kelsey Cooper said “would have been the appropriate punishment.”
But Boucher, an avowed socialist who is openly anti-Trump and anti-gun, could have faced a much larger sentence of 10 years for assaulting a U.S. senator under title 18 of the United States Code. If the attack was politically motivated, which Boucher claims was not. Boucher states he attacked Senator Paul because the senator stacked yard debris near his property line.
Boucher said he spoke with members of the homeowner’s association about his complaint, but a Paul spokesman says the senator didn’t hear from the association. Paul’s statement says “any description of this attack that implies a ‘yard dispute’ justifies such violence and misses the point.”
Most people are unhappy with the sentencing
🤦🏻♂️ Can we all agree that it’s a screwed up justice system that gives more jail time for growing a weed than for breaking your neighbor’s ribs?https://t.co/NtxUhEtojd
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) June 15, 2018
Political or not, this man attacked a Senator and physically injured him. A 30 day sentence is a really light sentence. Hope this doesn’t turn into an open season on Senators, or conservatives in general, because, hey, whats 30 days?