Suspect in Rand Paul assault pleads not guilty

11/10/2017 04:00 | 4

Suspect in Rand Paul assault pleads not guilty

Rene Boucher pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of assaulting his longtime neighbor while Paul was mowing his lawn last week.

Boucher's attorney, however, told CNN that Paul has hired a personal injury attorney to file a claim for damages against his client.

He faces a maximum penalty of a year in jail if convicted.

The suspect's attorney Matt Baker issued a statement to WKU Public Radio saying the dispute was "trivial" and in no way politically motivated.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks at a press conference about the latest Republican Effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. September 25, 2017.

Rene Boucher is charged with misdemeanor fourth-degree assault.

Doug Stafford, a senior adviser to Paul, told CNN Thursday that Boucher attacked the senator without any prior conversation. Skaggs, another neighbor who sold both men their homes, did not witness the attack but has said that Sen.

"This was not a fight, it was a blindside, violent attack by a disturbed person", he added. A pretrial hearing was set for November 30.

"I appreciate all of the support from everyone", the 54-year-old lawmaker tweeted with his medical update.

The senator additionally appeared to hint at his side of the incident Wednesday, retweeting news stories that pushed back on earlier reports that the alleged assault was the result of a dispute over landscaping.

Paul and Boucher have been neighbors for 17 years in a gated community in Bowling Green.

Paul tweeted Wednesday that along with six broken ribs he also has excess fluid around his lung.

"It's a personal dispute between two neighbors", Baker said.

Boucher may still be facing additional federal charges as Warren County continues their investigation alongside Kentucky State Police and the FBI.

According to the police report, "the victim, Rand Paul, told police that his neighbor came onto his property and tackled him from behind, forcing him to the ground and causing pain".

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