This is bizarre, but also something most of us thought when the event happened. A court has vacated the sentence for Rand Paul’s attacker and wants him re-sentenced.
The Hill: A federal appeals court on Monday vacated a 30-day prison sentence for a neighbor of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) who assaulted him in 2017, ruling it was overly lenient and ordering a resentencing.
In a 16-page opinion, Judge Jane B. Stranch of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, writes that the lower court where Rene Boucher pleaded guilty to assaulting a member of Congress had “no compelling justification” for sentencing him far below federal guidelines.
“Federal defendants with a criminal history category of I [the lowest possible level] who were convicted of assault received an average sentence of 26 months’ imprisonment and a median sentence of 21 months,” the ruling states, citing data. “We therefore VACATE Boucher’s sentence and REMAND for resentencing.”
Yeah, I mean, he assaulted a frickin’ U.S. Senator! There has always been something weird with this case and the non-sensical motivation assigned to the attacker. Some have theorized that politics had more to do with it, after all, who tackles a neighbor over yard waste?
At the very least, he won’t get away with a slap on the wrist.