The man who tackled Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in 2017 in anger over Paul piling yard waste near their shared property line will serve another 14 months behind bars or on home detention.
A federal judge initially sentenced Rene Boucher to 30 days in jail for the attack, along with 100 hours of community service and a $10,000 fine.
Prosecutors argued that sentence was unreasonably light given Paul’s injuries, which included six broken ribs. Prosecutors won the right to try to get a longer sentence for Boucher.
U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Leitman imposed the additional punishment in a hearing Monday. He sentenced Boucher to another eight months in prison and six months on home confinement.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Brad Shepard had sought at least 21 months for Boucher. He objected to the lower sentence and indicated the government may appeal.
Boucher’s attorney, Matthew J. Baker, argued that the initial sentence against him was appropriate and that imposing additional sanctions would improperly punish Boucher more than once for the same crime.
Baker pointed out that a Kentucky jury also ordered Boucher to pay Paul $582,000 to compensate Paul for the attack and punish Boucher.
An appeal of that award is pending.