Sen. Rand Paul was awarded $ 580,000 in damages by a Kentucky jury on Wednesday after being attacked by his neighbor in the fall of 2017.
Paul, R-Ky., Received punitive damages of $ 375,000 and pain and suffering $ 200,000. plus $ 7,834 for medical expenses.
SEN. RAND PAUL FOR UNDERGOING HERNIA SURGERY IN CANADA AFTER THE ATTACK OF THE NEIGHBOR
Legislators were forcibly attacked by his neighbor Rene Boucher in November 2017 when he was mowing his lawn. Paul was attacked from behind and suffered six broken ribs, including three staggered fractures. His recovery was complicated by fluid and blood in the lungs and recurrent pneumonia.
Boucher pleaded guilty in March for attacking a member of Congress and asked for parole.
He was sentenced to 30 days in June in the federal jail for the robbery. He was also ordered to a year of supervised release, a $ 10,000 fine, 100 hours of civilian service, and was ordered not to have contact with Paul's family.
Paul said at the time that Boucher thought Boucher should have been given a longer prison sentence, the attack that kept Paul nearly two weeks from Capitol Hill.
Shortly after the attack, Boucher's lawyer claimed that the collision had "absolutely nothing to do with politics" and was a dispute over something "trivial".
RAND PAUL says the man was killed for threatening to kill him and kill his family with an ax
. Boucher also claimed that Paul had used his lawnmower on the same day as the attack and blew some leaves on his property to ignite his outrage.
But the Senator's Office denied this version of events.
dispute. "This description is not true," a spokesman for Paul said in 2018 to Fox News. "It is impossible to argue when no words of disagreement have been spoken – either immediately or at any other time before the attack." 19659005] CLICK HERE TO OBTAIN THE FOX NEWS APP
Paul said Wednesday he hopes the jury's verdict on Wednesday will send a "clear message that violence is not the answer". Boucher's lawyer said that they will appeal.
Alex Pappas, Brooke Singman and The Associated Press of Fox News contributed to this report.