Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was assaulted at his Kentucky home Friday afternoon.
What the heck happened?
According to the Bowling Green Daily News, 59-year-old Rene Boucher is in Warren County Regional Jail on $5,000 bond for assaulting Paul at his home in Bowling Green on Friday around 3:20 p.m. Boucher has been charged with fourth-degree assault.
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Paul received “minor” injuries, according to the Daily News. However, depending on the status of those injuries, Boucher could be charged with additional crimes. The circumstances surrounding the incident remain unknown.
It’s not clear whether or not the crime was politically motivated. Paul has served as Kentucky’s junior senator since 2011. He is staunchly conservative and libertarian.
What did Rand Paul say?
Paul’s communication’s director, Kelsey Cooper, told the Daily News that Paul is “fine.”
“Senator Paul was blindsided and the victim of an assault. The assailant was arrested and it is now a matter for the police,” she said.
How much jail time can Boucher get?
If found guilty by a jury, and if he isn’t charged with additional crimes, Boucher can expect to spend 12 months behind bars.
The KSP news release said troopers were called to the Paul residence at 3:21 p.m. Friday. According to the release, Boucher was arrested by Trooper Bartley Weaver and charged with assaulting Paul, a Republican who has been Kentucky’s junior senator since 2011.
The Warren County property valuation administrator’s website lists an address for a Rene Boucher on Rivergreen Lane, which is in the gated neighborhood just east of Bowling Green where Paul also resides.
Boucher is a Bowling Green anesthesiologist and pain specialist who developed a product called Therm-a-Vest, a cloth vest partially filled with rice and secured by Velcro straps that is designed to relieve back pain by delivering heat directly to the areas of the back where most pain is felt.
Boucher applied for a patent for the vest in 2003 and has marketed it through the QVC shopping channel.
An arrest warrant for Boucher was issued through the Warren County Attorney’s office. The charge of fourth-degree assault is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail. Warren County Attorney Amy Milliken said further charges could be brought, based on the extent of Paul’s injuries.
The investigation by Weaver is continuing, and no other details were immediately available.
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