Rand Paul awarded more than $580K after neighbor’s attack

  • Rene Boucher talks with his attorney Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, during the second day of a civil trial involving Boucher and his neighbor U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in Warren Circuit Court in Bowling Green, Ky. Paul testified that he feared for his life after being hit by a blindside tackle from a neighbor, who broke several of his ribs while he was doing yard work at his Kentucky home. (Bac Totrong/Daily News via AP)

  • U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., talks with his attorney Tom Kerrick Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, during the second day of a civil trial involving Paul and his neighbor Rene Boucher in Warren Circuit Court in Bowling Green, Ky. Paul testified that he feared for his life after being hit by a blindside tackle from a neighbor, who broke several of his ribs while he was doing yard work at his Kentucky home. (Bac Totrong/Daily News via AP)

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has been awarded more than $500,000 in damages in his lawsuit against his neighbor who tackled him and broke several of his ribs.

The surprise attack by Rene Boucher occurred in 2017 while the Republican lawmaker was doing yard work at his Kentucky home.

A Kentucky jury on Wednesday awarded $375,000 in punitive damages and $200,000 for pain and suffering, plus $7,834 for medical expenses.

Paul said afterward that he hopes the jury’s verdict sends a “clear message that violence is not the answer.”

Boucher’s lawyer, Matt Baker, says they will appeal.

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