Saturday, January 20, 2018
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.
Louisville's FBI office investigated the case.
"Just as we are committed to protecting the American people, the FBI will not tolerate violence directed against members of Congress," Special Agent in Charge Amy S. Hess said in a statement. "Those who choose to assault any federal official are certain to face serious consequences."
Minkler's statement notes that all defendants are presumed innocent until proven otherwise in court. Boucher could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Bradley P. Shepard.
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