Rand Paul's alleged attacker charged with federal crime

Frederick Owens
January 20, 2018

Mr. Boucher has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in state court in Kentucky. The victim was mowing his lawn while wearing headphones, court documents said, and Boucher saw him "stacking more brush on a brush pile and had 'had enough.'" The defendant tackled him, causing rib fractures.

"Just as we are committed to protecting the American people, the F.B.I. will not tolerate violence directed against members of Congress", said Amy S. Hess, special agent in charge of the F.B.I. field office in Louisville, Ky., which investigated.

Boucher signed a plea agreement, but no court day has been set for sentencing.

Boucher faces a maximum of 10 years in prison if convicted, but in the plea agreement federal prosecutors said they would seek a sentence of 21 months in prison.

Retired physician Rene Boucher, whose arrest in November following a reported attack on U.S. Sen. "Those who choose to commit such an act will be held accountable".

He was charged with allegedly assaulting the senator in.

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Boucher admitted to the assault but denied that it was politically motivated, according to Minkler's office.

The Louisville office of the FBI investigated the incident.

Jim Skaggs, who developed the subdivision, has said the incident between the two was "strictly a neighborly dispute" that "may have involved a cleanup of leaves issue".

Rene Boucher, center, appears in court for an arraignment hearing with his attorney Matt Baker, left, on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, at the Warren County Justice Center in Bowling Green, Ky. He ran toward Paul and tackled him, which resulted in several fractured ribs and pneumonia.

A spokesman for the senator declined to comment on the charge.

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