Kentucky man charged with attacking Senator Rand Paul past year

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A Kentucky man has been charged with assaulting a member of Congress over a November dispute that turned physical with his neighbor, Sen.

"Assaulting a member of Congress is an offense we take very seriously", Josh J. Minkler, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of IN, said IN a statement.

Boucher has signed a plea agreement, although no court date has been set for the taking of his guilty plea and the imposition of any sentence, according to Minkler's office, which was assigned the case after the office of Russell Coleman, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, recused itself.

Boucher faces up to 10 years' imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000, according to the US attorney. Boucher is expected to be sentenced at a later date. Previously, police have said Boucher charged and tackled the 54-year-old Senator in November, and Boucher had pleaded not guilty to a charge of a misdemeanor in county court.

After initial speculation that the act might be politically motivated, a back and forth between Boucher's legal team and Paul's legal team ensued: Baker (Boucher's lawyer) told the Washington Post the fight was about a "trivial" gardening and landscaping dispute.

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The DOJ said that Paul suffered "multiple fractured ribs".

The case is being handled by the Louisville FBI office.

Paul's office and Boucher's attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.

Rene Boucher, center, appears in court for an arraignment hearing with his attorney Matt Baker, left, on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, at the Warren County Justice Center in Bowling Green, Ky.

As part of the plea agreement, the defense will acknowledge that Boucher was responsible for attacking Paul. But each day I feel a little bit better.

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