The suspect who allegedly attacked Republican Senator Rand Paul has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge. According to The Washington Post, 59-year-old Rene Boucher allegedly attacked his neighbor, the Kentucky senator, on Friday in Paul's yard, breaking at least six of his ribs.
Warren County Attorney Amy Milliken said the suspect faces a possible 12-month sentence as well as a $500 fine for fourth-degree assault. The prosecutor adds that Kentucky State Police and FBI are investigating more serious charges and the possibility of federal and state felony charges.
The suspect's lawyer, Matthew J. Baker, said the incident was “a very regrettable dispute between two neighbors over a matter that most people would regard as trivial.” The incident, which Baker stated was just the result of a disagreement over yard waste, has raised many questions, and some believe it was motivated by something deeper — possibly political.
The senator “was vigorously assaulted by someone in his neighborhood. This is a serious criminal matter involving serious injury, and is being handled by local and federal authorities,” Doug Stafford, a senior adviser to the 54-year-old senator, said in a statement. “As to reports of a longstanding dispute with the attacker, the Pauls have had no conversations with him in many years. The first ‘conversation’ with the attacker came after Sen. Paul’s ribs were broken. This was not a ‘fight,’ it was a blindside, violent attack by a disturbed person. Anyone claiming otherwise is simply uninformed or seeking media attention.”
Boucher is a retired anesthesiologist and has lived next door to Paul for 17 years. Reports claim the two have not spoken in years prior to the assault. His lawyer affirms he was not intoxicated or under the influence, and he wished Paul a speedy recovery.
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