KY Man Who Assaulted Sen. Rand Paul Faces Federal Charges

6 broken ribs and fluid around the lungs of Rand Paul after this neighbor attacked him at his home in Bowling Green back in November. Many were scratching their heads on this one, wondering why the book wasn't thrown at this guy for a felonious assault against a sitting senator. We've seen stories of people being arrested for a simple verbal threat against a lawmaker and here we had Rand Paul getting the heck beat out of him by a deranged neighbor and it looked like nothing was happening to him. Today, the attacker, Rene Boucher has been hit with Federal assault charges.

Jan. 19 (UPI) -- A Kentucky man accused of tackling and injuring Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., faces federal assault charges, the Department of Justice announced Friday.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Indiana charged Rene Boucher, 58, with assaulting a member of Congress resulting in personal injury.

Assaulting a member of Congress is an offense we take very seriously," U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler said. "Those who choose to commit such an act will be held accountable."

Paul sustained six broken ribs and pleural effusion -- fluid around the lungs -- Nov. 3 when Boucher allegedly attacked him outside his home.

Paul was mowing his lawn in Bowling Green, Ky., at the time of the attack.

Boucher, a retired doctor, pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree assault charges in November. He now faces additional federal charges.

The Justice Department said Boucher has signed a plea agreement at the federal level, though date has been set for the official taking of his guilty plea and sentencing.

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