A federal judge has ruled that the man who assaulted Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) must be re-sentenced, determining that his original 30-day sentence was too lenient.
The assailant, Rene Boucher, tackled Senator Paul while he was mowing his lawn in 2017. Paul suffered numerous serious internal injuries, including several broken bones and a damaged lung, for which he underwent multiple surgeries to remove part of that lung.
Judge Jane Stranch of the Sixth Circuit Court ruled that the usual sentence for “federal defendants with a criminal history category of I who were convicted of assault” was 26 months, and determined that the severity of the attack, and the injuries Paul subsequently dealt with for years after the incident, warranted a harsher sentence for Boucher.
Senator Paul has mostly recovered, and sued his neighbor for damages after the attack, for which he was awarded $580,000.