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Kentucky Man Pleads Guilty To Attacking U.S. Sen. Rand Paul

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J. Tyler Franklin
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The man accused of tackling U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in the Kentucky lawmaker's yard has pleaded guilty to the attack that broke the senator's ribs.

Media reports say Rene Boucher pleaded guilty Friday to a federal charge of assaulting a member of Congress resulting in personal injury.

Boucher's attorney, Matt Baker, said afterward that the episode has been "profoundly embarrassing" for Boucher.

A judge set sentencing for June 15.

Federal prosecutors will seek a 21-month prison sentence for Boucher. The charge carries up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Baker said he'll argue for probation.

Paul was attacked Nov. 3 while mowing his lawn at his home. A friend of Paul's said the senator had gotten off his riding mower to remove a limb when he was tackled from behind.