Rene A. Boucher, 58, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, was charged with assaulting a member of Congress resulting in personal injury, a felony under federal law, Josh J. Minkler, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of in, announced today. Rand Paul while he was mowing his yard wearing headphones.
"Assaulting a member of Congress is an offense we take very seriously", Josh J. Minkler, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of IN, said IN a statement.
The federal charge against Boucher carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Federal officials said a sentencing date for Boucher has not yet been set.
Boucher's attorney, Matt Baker, said his client is hoping for a probated sentence and is "very remorseful" for his actions.More news: Fact or Fiction: Cop duped by fake auto ?
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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". "Those who choose to commit such an act will be held accountable".
The attack against Mr. Paul, a Republican, was not politically motivated, Mr. Baker said, adding that it was "a matter that most people would regard as trivial".
Louisville's FBI office investigated the case.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of IN announced Friday that Rene Boucher, 59, would face a count of assaulting a member of Congress. Authorities said he became angry and "had enough" after seeing Paul stack more brush on a pile near his yard on November 3. Paul said he suffered multiple broken ribs and had fluid on his lungs as a result of the assault.
Paul's office and Boucher's attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday. A police report on the incident indicates that Boucher admitted going on Paul's property and tackling him.