Josh J. Minkler, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, announced today that Rene A. Boucher, 58, Bowling Green, Kentucky, has been charged with assaulting a Rand Paul, a member of congress resulting in personal injury, a felony under federal
Boucher faces up to 10 years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.
Boucher signed a plea agreement, but no court day has been set for sentencing.
“Assaulting a member of Congress is an offense we take very seriously,” said Minkler.
“Those who choose to commit such an act will be held accountable.”
According to court documents, Boucher and the Paul are neighbors in Bowling Green,
On November 3, 2017, the victim was mowing his yard while wearing headphones.
Boucher allegedly witnessed the victim stack brush onto a pile near the victim’s property and “had enough.”
Boucher ran onto Paul’s property and tackled him.
As a result of this assault, Paul suffered multiple fractured ribs and subsequently contracted and required medical attention for pneumonia.
Boucher admitted the assault but denied it was politically motivated.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana was assigned the
case following the recusal of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of
Kentucky where the offense is alleged to have been committed.
Boucher has signed a plea agreement but no date has been set for the taking of his guilty
plea and the imposition of sentence.
This case was investigated by the Louisville office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
“Just as we are committed to protecting the American people, the FBI will not tolerate
violence directed against members of Congress,” said Special Agent in Charge Amy S. Hess of the FBI’s Louisville field office. “Those who choose to assault any federal official are certain to face serious consequences.”
No future court dates have been set.
According to Assistant United States Attorney Bradley P. Shepard of the United States
Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana who is prosecuting this case as a Special Attorney to the United States Attorney General, Boucher faces up to 10 years’ imprisonment anda fine of up to $250,000.