KENTUCKY: Rand Paul Disappointed After Neighbor Sentenced To 30 Days In Prison For Assault [VIDEO]

The Bowling Green Daily News reports:

Dr. Rene Boucher will serve 30 days in prison for the assault of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, bringing to an end a case that attracted considerable intrigue for several months.

Special Judge Marianne Battani sentenced Boucher, 60, on Friday in U.S. District Court on the charge of assaulting a member of Congress, levying a $10,000 fine and ordering Boucher to perform 100 hours of community service following his release from prison, during which he will be on supervised release for a year.

Boucher, a retired physician, was charged with the federal crime after tackling Paul, his neighbor in the Rivergreen subdivision in Bowling Green, on Nov. 3 while Paul was doing yard work.

The Associated Press reports:

Paul, who suffered broken ribs, had hoped for a harsher penalty. He said in a statement that the 21 months in prison sought by prosecutors “would have been the appropriate punishment.”

Boucher must serve a year of supervised release after the prison time, stay away from the Paul family and pay a $10,000 fine. They remain next-door neighbors.

Paul said in the statement that “no one deserves to be violently assaulted. A felony conviction is appropriate and hopefully will deter the attacker from further violence.” He called the attack a “violent, premeditated assault.”

Wonkette‘s take on the backstory to the assault is amusing.