Rene Boucher, the 58-year-old Bowling Green man accused of attacking U.S. Sen. Rand Paul at his home in November, has been charged with assaulting a member of congress resulting in personal injury.
The charges – a federal felony – were announced Friday by Josh J. Minkler, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana.
“Assaulting a member of Congress is an offense we take very seriously,” Minkler said. “Those who choose to commit such an act will be held accountable.”
Boucher has signed a plea agreement, according to Minkler’s statement. No date has been set for the taking of his guilty plea.
Court documents claim Paul was mowing his yard on Nov. 3 and wearing headphones when Boucher, his neighbor, “had enough” after witnessing Paul stacking brush on a pile near Boucher’s property. Boucher ran on to Paul’s property and attacked him, the statement reads, resulting in multiple fractured ribs and more medical attention after Paul later contracted pneumonia.