Saturday, 17 February, 2018

AUDIO: US Senator Rand Paul calls 911 to report attack by neighbor

Prosecutors to seek 21-month sentence for Rand Paul's neighbor who tackled him in the front yard and broke six of the senator's ribs after a dispute over the state of his lawn Prosecutors to Seek 21-month Sentence for Paul's Neighbor
Nellie Chapman | 25 January, 2018, 04:54

The same day the audio was made public, federal prosecutors sought a 21-month prison sentence against alleged assaulter Rene Boucher, the Associated Press reported.

Minkler, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of IN, said Friday that no date has been set for Rene Boucher's guilty plea.

Boucher was charged last week with assaulting a member of Congress, a felony.

The document, posted Monday, also makes clear that the attack was not politically motivated.

"Everyone needs to remember, first and foremost, that this is a dispute between two neighbors", Baker said.

'Assaulting a member of Congress is an offense we take very seriously, 'J Minkler, US Attorney for the Southern District of IN, said Friday. "Those who choose to commit such an act will be held accountable".

Baker characterized the attack as a dispute between two neighbors that boiled over.

Boucher's attorney, Matthew Baker of Bowling Green, has said he will argue that Boucher should not be put behind bars for the attack on Paul.

Paul and Boucher are neighbors in Bowling Green.

In my yard, while I was mowing the grass.

Boucher already faced a misdemeanor assault charge in state court in Kentucky.

He suffered six broken ribs - including three displaced fractures, which damaged the lung underneath and caused fluid to gather on his lungs, leading to pain and pneumonia.

Baker said Friday that he's hopeful the state charge will be dismissed now that Boucher has reached the plea agreement on the federal charge.

Boucher has signed a plea agreement in the case, but as of the announcement of the charges on Friday no court date for a guilty plea had been set.

Paul, a former presidential candidate, was attacked November 3 while mowing his lawn at his home.

Boucher "executed a running tackle" of Paul on Paul's property, the plea agreement said. "At least the quarterback has some expectation that people are going to be hitting him", Paul said.

The federal charge against Boucher carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He said his client is looking forward to getting the case resolved.