Rene Boucher pleads guilty to attacking his neighbor Sen. Rand Paul

BREAKING NEWS - Rand Paul's attacker pleads GUILTY to assault: Neighbor faces jail for tackling the Senator in his front yard and breaking six of his ribs in dispute over his lawn

The retired doctor, who has lived next to Paul in Bowling Green, Ky. for over 17 years, is accused of attacking the senator in November.

Rene Boucher pleads guilty to attacking Sen.

Rene Boucher is facing jail for tackling the Republican politician in Bowling Green past year and breaking six of his ribs.

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A judge set condemning for June 15. A friend of Paul's said the senator had alighted from his ride-on lawnmower to remove a tree branch when he was suddenly tackled from behind. Couldn't get out of bed without assistance, six broken ribs, damage to my lungs, two bouts of pneumonia.

Assaulting a member of Congress is a felony and carries a sentence of 21 months behind bars, WBKO reported.

He also characterized the attack as a dispute that boiled over that had nothing to do with politics.

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A staffer with Paul's office disputed media reports that Paul or his wife Kelley had any "longstanding dispute" with their neighbor. Authorities said Boucher admitted to going on Paul's property and tackling him.

According to the plea deal, which was discussed earlier this year, Boucher said he "had enough" after seeing the senator stacking more brush on a brush pile.

Defense attorney Matthew Baker told CNN, regarding sentencing, the defense will "ask in general terms for mercy and leniency and hope the court will give it thoughtful consideration and consider a probated sentence".

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