Rand Paul’s neighbor, who is accused of attacking the Republican Kentucky senator, has been charged with a federal crime, the Department of Justice announced Friday.
“Rene Boucher, 58, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, has been charged with assaulting a member of Congress, resulting in personal injury, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana Josh Minkler announced,” The Hill reports.
On Nov. 3, Boucher allegedly assaulted Paul while the senator was mowing his lawn. Paul suffered six fractured ribs and had difficulty breathing in what was obviously a very serious altercation.
Paul returned to the Senate two weeks later but was in excruciating pain. Paul himself described his recovery as a “living hell.”
Boucher will now face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, according to a plea agreement he signed.
His attorney described the altercation between the two men as “a very regrettable dispute between two neighbors over a matter that most people would regard as trivial.”
Paul said on Fox News in November he was not sure of his attacker’s motive.
“After my ribs were broken, then he said things to me to try to indicate why he was unhappy but I think the, I guess to me the bottom line is it isn’t so important — if someone mugs you is it really justified for any reason?” Paul said, according to The Hill.
No date has yet been set for Boucher to enter his guilty plea.